The proposed Healthy Families Act initiative is not going to be on the ballot this fall after all, leaders of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) announced on September 4, 2008. The proposal would have required employers with a minimum of 25 employees to provide seven days of paid sick leave per year. In August, the proposed Act was submitted to the Secretary of State for voters’ consideration as a citizen-initiated law.
Employers were rightfully concerned about the proposed Act, which would have likely resulted in immediate litigation due to the many ambiguities and questions about how the proposed Act would have been implemented. Business groups had already begun campaign efforts to defeat the proposal and, on August 21, Governor Ted Strickland along with Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, publicly announced they would oppose it. SEIU had until September 5 to ask that it be removed from the Ballot.