Denver Voters Say “No” to Paid Sick Leave Initiative

Denver voters overwhelmingly rejected Initiative 300—the “Paid Sick Days Initiative”—in yesterday’s off-year election.

Business interests opposed the measure, which would have required Denver employers to provide one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, capped at nine or five days annually, depending on the size of the business. Both Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper voiced their opposition to the measure.
 
“We’re pleased with the results,” says MSEC Director of Membership Development Lorrie Ray. “While the initiative’s proponents were well intentioned, it would have been a substantial extra cost for Denver businesses.”
 
Initiative 300 would have made Denver the fourth city in the nation to require such leave.