• Home
    Home We Serve America's Restaurants Representing nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses, we advocate for restaurant and foodservice industry interests and provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes achieve success.
  • Foundation
    Foundation Building & Retaining Talent The NRAEF is focused on developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders through education, scholarships and community engagement.
  • Show 2018
    Show 2018 May 19-22, 2018 As the international foodservice marketplace, the National Restaurant Association Show provides unparalleled opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from each other.
  • ServSafe
    ServSafe Minimize Risk. Maximize Protection. For over 40 years, ServSafe® training programs have delivered the knowledge, leadership and protection that have earned the trust and confidence of business leaders everywhere.

National Restaurant Association - Denver rejects mandatory paid-leave proposal

Skip to navigation Skip to content

News & Research

Email Print
News RSS

Denver rejects mandatory paid-leave proposal

With more than 100,000 votes counted, Denver voters Nov. 1 soundly defeated a paid-sick-leave mandate for private-sector businesses by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent. 

A broad-based coalition of Denver business groups united as the "Keep Denver Competitive" coalition to oppose Initiative 300. The coalition termed the initiative "the wrong solution at the worst possible time."

The Colorado Restaurant Association was a major leader in the business coalition effort. The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Advocacy Fund also provided critical financial support to the fight against the mandate. The result of the campaign: By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, Denver voters sent a resounding message that paid-leave mandates are not conducive to growing jobs.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Hancock, both Democrats, came out strongly against the initiative as well. Mayor Hancock appeared in a widely broadcast Keep Denver Competitive television ad urging a "No" vote on Initiative 300.

Local business groups, including the Colorado Restaurant Association, spearheaded an intensive grassroots campaign to educate the public about the real-world concerns business owners had about Initiative 300.

The initiative would have required employers to provide an hour of paid “sick and safe time leave” for every 30 hours an employee works. Businesses with 10 or more employees would be required to provide up to nine days of paid leave annually. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees would have to provide up to five days of paid leave per year.

Employees would need to work only 40 hours a year to be eligible. If the initiative passed, leave could have been taken in increments as short as an hour, and employers would have had  to track accumulation of paid leave and retain records for five years. Employees would not have been required to provide advance notice or a doctor's note unless their absence extended beyond three days.

The Denver Post editorialized against the initiative before the vote, noting that that “the state’s economy remains tepid at best.” It also said it wasn’t “the time to hamstring business owners in its capital city with new costs.”

Get more details in the Denver Business Journal.

Conserve RSS Healthcare RSS Conserve RSS

▲ Back to Top

We're glad you're here!®

® 2012-2017 National Restaurant Association. All rights reserved.

2055 L St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-5900 | (800) 424-5156