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CMC Updates

By Allen Nadeau
Committee representative for NESMA

The legislative session has ended. There were many contested bills this year and very little action on any bills that carried a financial obligation, or fiscal note. I am disappointed to say that one bill that would have had an impact on our industry died in committee, again. SB 157.

SB 157 would have established a tax credit for research and development expenses for pass-through entity business in the state that would have created parity between pass-through entity business and businesses formed as corporations. Unfortunately, like all tax credit proposals this year, the bill died in the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.

Although numerous organizations and companies came out to oppose the following bill, it was approved by legislation this session and will require manufacturing companies to possibly change how they are providing time off to comply with upcoming regulations. Please read below carefully.

HB 5005 expands the state’s paid sick leave program that applies to businesses with 50 or more employees that fall under the definition of “service worker” by phasing in over three years the requirement that employers with one or more employees provide leave to all employees.

The bill also removes the manufacturer exemption, expands the number of family members leave can be used to care for, and allows for the accumulation of 1 hour of leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees may begin to use the leave after 120 days of employment. Employers do have the option to allow employees to carry over leave or provide it all at the start of the next year. The law allows employees to retain sick leave balance when transferring job sites with the same employer or when there is a successor employer and makes it explicit that employees are not required to find a replacement worker for themselves should they need to use sick leave. Unfortunately, the bill also removes the ability for employers to ask for medical documentation to validate the reason an employee used sick leave and imposes requirements that employers retain records regarding employee paid sick leave usage for 3 years.

For a full 2024 legislation session recap from Eric Gjede, the lobbyist representing the CMC and NESMA, please see the attached document.

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