“You’re making an impossible choice, especially for someone without savings,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, who was one of several commissioners listening in to Gimenez’s call with top aides. “We have to find a way to mitigate the risk for those people. Should county taxpayers pick up the tab? … Why wouldn’t nursing homes provide paid sick leave?”
Last week, Gimenez opposed a proposal by Levine Cava to require paid sick leave for private firms hired by Miami-Dade to provide county services, including security at airports and transit stations. The bill failed for lack of support in a County Commission committee.
“We had an opportunity to set an example,” Levine Cava said Tuesday.