Wage bills dead; sick leave proposal remains

Bills to further increase Hawaii’s minimum wage appear dead this legislative session.

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Bills to further increase Hawaii’s minimum wage appear dead this legislative session.

But workers could be helped by a proposed sick leave measure still alive in the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 425 requires employees to receive one hour of paid sick leave for each 40 hours worked. The bill allows employers to cap leave at 40 hours — or one week for full-time employees — a year, though they can provide more time off. Leave could be used to care for a family member.

Employees qualify if they work more than 680 hours, or 17 weeks for full-time employees, a year.

The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

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None of the minimum wage bills survived the crossover deadline.

The wage is scheduled to increase one more time to $10.10 in 2018.

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