KCMO considers including COVID-19 paid sick depart for metropolis workers – KSHB

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Metropolis leaders are contemplating a measure that will give metropolis workers as much as 10 days of paid sick depart in the event that they contract COVID-19.
Staff are now not entitled to the emergency sick days outlined within the “Households First Coronavirus Response Act.” It was a federal requirement on sure employers to grant sicks days for COVID-positive workers, however the requirement expired on Dec. 31, 2021.
Kansas Metropolis’s Human Assets Division proposed an ordinance that will proceed to supply that very same security net.
“So, make it retro to Jan. 1 after which expiring Dec. 31, 2022,” Director of Human Assets Teri Casey stated.
Staff may very well be entitled to paid sick depart if:
A number of members of the Finance, Governance and Public Security Committee have been involved concerning the equity of the ordinance as workers would additionally must be vaccinated to qualify, whereas others felt it was an acceptable requirement.
“I don’t consider that the residents of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, ought to be required financially backed for unhealthy selections by our metropolis workers within the type of selecting to not get vaccinated,” Councilwoman Kathryn Shields stated.
Councilwoman Melissa Robinson and Ryana Parks-Shaw had considerations concerning the medical and non secular exemption course of.
“I need to be sure that we’re treating people pretty on this course of,” Robinson stated. “There’s individuals who medically can’t get the vaccine, they usually could also be impacted by this and shouldn’t be penalized.”
Reginald Silvers, president of a employee’s union known as Native 500, stated even these exemptions usually are not sufficient.
“Giving vaccinated 80 hours to be off when they’re ailing, and never awarding that to the unvaccinated, it simply appears unfair,” Silvers stated. “We’ve acquired vaccinated those that’s getting ailing — vaccinated those that’s passing away. So it’s not the unvaccinated that’s the issue. It’s a bigger downside.”
With a number of questions across the equity of the exemption course of, committee members determined to carry the proposal for an additional week.
“I simply have a tough time voting for one thing that I believe is splitting the workers versus bringing them collectively.” Councilwoman Heather Corridor stated.
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