Milwaukee’s paid sick leave ordinance will face a legal challenge. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce has made good on a promise to file a legal challenge to the Paid Sick Leave Mandate, which was approved by voters in November. MMAC President Tim Sheehy, calls the mandate bad economic policy and bad law, which interferes with employers’ rights to negotiate labor agreements with employees, and an illegal extension of the city’s authority into areas of law and regulation reserved to the state.
The National Association of Working Women, 9-to-5 , which lead efforts to pass the ordinance, charges that MMAC wants to undermine the will of the voters by challenging the legality of the paid sick days law, which has already been approved by the city attorney.
MMAC’s Sheehy says the organization is also requesting a temporary injunction blocking the city from enforcing paid sick leave while the court considers its validity. If the injunction is not granted, employers will need to begin implementation of the new mandate on February 10.