Denver Mayor Speaks Out Against Initiative 300 In Ads

Initiative 300 Would Give Denver Workers Paid Sick Days

Denver's mayor is appearing in ads opposing Initiative 300.

The initiative asks voters in the city and county of Denver to require businesses to give their employees paid sick leave. Under the proposal, workers would earn one hour of paid sick and safe leave for every 30 hours worked. That's about nine days per year for full-time workers. The leave would be pro-rated for part-time workers. Small businesses with fewer than 10 employees would have the flexibility to cap the number of days at five.

In the ad against 300, Michael Hancock said the initiative looks harmless, but he says it will cut services, drown small businesses in red tape and cost thousands of jobs.

Proponents of the measure said over 100,000 Denver employees – 40 percent of all workers and 72 percent of food service workers – have no paid sick days at their workplace. The proponents said people go to work sick rather than risk losing wages or even their job and that puts everyone's health at risk.

See the ads for both sides:

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