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October 28, 2010

May 16, 2013 | North Jersey.com | link to article
NJ Bill Would Require Employers to Provide Paid Sick Days
The bill, which is almost certain to face strong opposition from business groups, was introduced Monday by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, a Camden County Democrat. It would require employers to provide employees with at least one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.

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May 11, 2013 | Leader-Post | link to article
Paid Sick Days in New York May Pave the Way for the Rest of the U.S
In a significant victory amid a push for paid sick time laws around the United States, New York City lawmakers voted this week to make businesses provide the benefit to an estimated one million workers who don't have it now.

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May 8, 2013 | The New York Times | link to article
City Council Approves Bill Mandating Sick-Day Pay
The New York City Council, after years of impassioned debate, approved a bill on Wednesday that will require many businesses to offer paid time off to sick employees.

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May 8, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal | link to article
New City Law Requires Paid Sick Days for Workers
The New York City Council voted 45-3 on Wednesday to approve landmark legislation that will require businesses with 20 or more workers to provide five paid sick days a year beginning in April, a major victory for the proposal's supporters after Council Speaker Christine Quinn bottled up the bill for years.

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April 29, 2013 | The New York Times | link to article
Paid Sick Leave Has Some Business Owners Feeling Ill
Portland’s new law, which passed the City Council in March, follows a template set by a handful of other cities, and Connecticut, in the last seven years. (In Philadelphia, a similar proposal could not overcome a veto by the mayor.) Businesses with at least six employees have to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works, up to 40 hours a year, as well as protect the employee’s job. Companies with five or fewer employees must offer the same amount of unpaid, job-protected time off. An employee must work at least 240 hours before becoming eligible. In Portland, the law takes effect in January.

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April 18, 2013 | Public News Service | link to article
Push for Paid Sick Time to Continue in Maryland
Opposition from Maryland businesses was so fierce that legislation requiring them to offer paid sick leave did not seem to stand a chance when it was introduced in the General Assembly session that just ended. Now, supporters of paid sick leave say they have eight more months, until the next session, to show businesses and lawmakers that the policy is actually good for the state's economy.

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April 17, 2013 | Chelsea Now | link to article
Quinn Announces Sick Leave Compromise
The legislation, which will take effect on April 1, 2014, will initially require companies with 20 or more employees to provide five days of paid sick leave. Over an 18-month rollout, that minimum threshold will be reduced to 15 employees. Even companies that are not covered by the legislation must, as of next April, allow their workers sick leave, paid or unpaid, of five days without repercussion on their employment status.

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April 14, 2013 | Boston.com | link to article
Proposal to Mandate Paid Sick Days Gaining Momentum
A nearly decade-long effort to require Massachusetts employers to offer paid sick days is gaining momentum as lawmakers pass similar proposals across the country.

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April 02, 2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek | link to article
Bills Spark Debate Over Paid Sick Time in Michigan
Legislation in the Republican-controlled state House and Senate would prohibit counties, townships and cities from adopting a policy that requires employers to provide paid or unpaid leave not required under federal or state law.

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April 01, 2013 | AFL-CIO NOW | link to article
Paid Sick Leave Bill Advances in New York City
New York City workers would receive five paid sick days a year under a measure the New York City Council will vote on soon. The New York Times reports the paid sick leave bill is expected to pass with enough votes to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s promised veto.

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March 30, 2013 | The Detroit News | link to article
GOP Seeks to Stop Paid Sick Leave Mandates
In a pre-emptive strike against a national trend, Michigan's Republican lawmakers hope to push through a ban on local ordinances that require employers to provide their workers with paid sick time.

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March 30, 2013 | The National Law Review | link to article
New York City Expected to Pass Expansive Paid Sick Leave Law
The New York City Council has reached a compromise that will enable it to pass a paid sick leave law. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg objects to the legislation, news outlets are virtually unanimous in predicting that the City Council has enough votes to override his veto.

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March 30, 2013 | The Salt Lake Tribune | link to article
Small Talk: Small Businesses Squabble Over Paid Sick-time Laws
Two months after a severe flu season forced millions of workers to stay home, paid sick time is becoming an issue for many small business owners. City councils in Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia earlier this month approved laws requiring employers to give their workers paid sick leave. And two Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in Congress that would make paid sick leave a federal requirement.

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March 29, 2013 | The Huffington Post | link to article
Paid Sick Leave Bill Backed By Christine Quinn In Deal That Will Cover 1 Million New Yorkers
Council Speaker Christine Quinn has thrown her support behind the long-controversial paid sick leave bill, cutting a deal Thursday that clears the way to cover 1 million New Yorkers by 2015.

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March 29, 2013 | The Huffington Post | link to article
New York's Paid Sick Leave Bill May Serve As Model For U.S.
Starting in April 2014, New York will require business with 20 or more employees to provide five paid sick days to their workers, and business that don't reach the size limit will be required to offer unpaid sick leave. On October 1, 2015, the list of employers required to grant paid sick days will expand to include those with 15 or more workers. Although Mayor Bloomberg is expected to veto the bill, the proposal has enough support in the council to become law.

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March 29, 2013 | MSNBC | link to article
NYC Deal Gives Juice to National Paid Sick Leave Campaign
New York City’s multi-year battle over paid sick leave may soon be at an end. On Thursday night, activists and city council members in America’s most populous city achieved a deal which would mandate workplaces with 15 or more full-time workers to provide paid sick days to their employees.

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March 29, 2013 | The New York Times | link to article
Sick-Pay Plan Called Blessing and Burden
The compromise reached on a sick-leave law for workers in New York City drew cheers on Friday from employees who have feared that catching a cold could cost them their jobs. But some employers complained that it would unfairly load yet another expense onto their shoulders.

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March 29, 2013 | Salon | link to article
Paid Sick Leave: The Next Liberal Litmus Test?
Before Thursday, City Council speaker Christine Quinn (generally an ally of Mayor Michael Bloomberg) hemmed and hawed for three years over whether to put forth a paid sick leave bill, despite the fact that eight in 10 New Yorkers support it. The issue placed her in an uncomfortable bind, trapped between Bloomberg and the business community (all of whom oppose it) — and workers and unions on the other side.

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March 25, 2013 | Bayside Patch | link to article
Quinn Seeks Compromise on a Paid Sick Leave Bill
After New York City Council members moved to vote on a paid sick leave bill without Christine Quinn’s approval, the City Council speaker finally has decided to rejoin the debate, The New York Post reported.

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March 23, 2013 | The Shelton Herald | link to article
DeLauro Introduces Bill to Allow Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has reintroduced legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a sick family member, to obtain preventive care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence.

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March 22, 2013 | MSNBC | link to article
Battle Over Paid Sick Leave Intensifies
A fierce battle being waged in New York City could be a foreshadowing of more to come across the nation. New York’s City Council debated Friday whether employers should be required to offer employees paid sick leave.

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March 18, 2013 | Bloomberg BNA | link to article
Portland Joins Small Group of Jurisdictions In Adopting Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
The Portland, Ore., City Council March 13 unanimously approved an ordinance that will require businesses in the city to give employees up to 40 hours of paid sick leave annually.

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March 18, 2013 | The American Prospect | link to article
Forty Years Behind on Sick-Leave Policy, But Catching Up
The United States stands almost alone in not guaranteeing workers paid time-off when they are sick, but momentum is building around the country to change that.

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March 14, 2013 | CBS Philly | link to article
Philadelphia City Council Passes Another Paid Sick Leave Bill; Mayoral Veto Expected
In what would turn out to be only the second most raucous event of the day in City Council chambers, City Council this morning approved a controversial sick leave bill by an 11-6 vote.

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March 13, 2013 | Think Progress | link to article
Portland, Oregon Becomes Fourth American City To Adopt Paid Sick Day Law
Portland became the fourth American city to approve a paid sick days law Wednesday, an important step forward today that will help the city’s workers, employers, and residents. Portland joined three other cities – San Francisco, Washington DC, and Seattle – and one state, Connecticut, in modernizing its workplace policies and acknowledging an important reality: everybody gets sick but no one should be at risk of losing a job, infecting coworkers or customers, or missing a day’s pay because of an illness.

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March 13, 2013 | KPTV | link to article
City Council Votes 5-0 in Favor of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
The Portland City Council has approved a new law for sick leave policy, making it mandatory for Portland businesses to give employees paid sick time.

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March 13, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal | link to article
Oregon City Requires Paid Sick Leave
The city council in Portland, Ore., approved an ordinance Wednesday requiring employers to provide workers up to five paid sick days a year, the latest victory for proponents who are pushing the requirements across the country.

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March 12, 2013 | US News | link to article
Paid Sick Leave Costs Jobs
U.S. News comments on Eileen Applebaum's piece, Business Attitudes Toward Paid Sick Leave Are Changing.

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March 10, 2013 | The Washington Post | link to article
Maryland Lawmakers Propose Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
Maryland lawmakers have proposed legislation that would make it mandatory for the state’s employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers. The bill, if passed, would make Maryland the second state in the country to implement such a policy.

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March 8, 2013 | WMFE | link to article
House Committee Passes Wage, Benefits and Paid Sick Time Bill
A proposed bill that could lower wages and reduce benefits for many workers in Florida passed a House committee on a party-line vote Thursday. The Republican-backed bill (HB 655) would prohibit counties and cities in the state from establishing local ordinances regarding employee wages and benefits. Among other things, the bill would prohibit local governments from ordering employers to provide benefits such as paid sick leave.

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March 6, 2013 | US News | link to article
Business Attitudes Toward Paid Sick Leave Are Changing
The tide is turning in the debate over whether all employees should be able to earn paid sick leave. The benefits for those who need to be able to take a day off when they have the flu or want to keep a sick child home from school have not been in doubt. From a people perspective, it has never made sense for workers to face the hard choice between going to work sick or staying home and losing a day’s pay and maybe even being told not to bother coming back. Managers and professionals have always been able to use paid sick leave to recover from a routine illness, of course.

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March 4, 2013 | Michigan Radio | link to article
Michigan Lawmakers to Consider Blocking Local 'Paid Sick Leave' Ordinances
A state House committee this week will discuss whether to prevent local cities and towns in Michigan from passing laws requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees.

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March 1, 2013 | Crain's New York | link to article
The Paid Sick Leave Amendments, in Full
Supporters of city-mandated paid sick leave legislation shared a list of amendments made last year to make the legislation more palatable to the business community, ahead of a March 22 hearing on the contentious bill.

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March 1, 2013 | Gazette.Net | link to article
Heather R. Mizeur: Paid Sick Days Give Economy Shot in Arm
The 2013 flu season is already one for the record books — all 50 states report cases and 47 states report widespread outbreaks. Every corner of Maryland reports higher-than-usual onsets of influenza-like illnesses, while some areas run out of flu shots and hospitals brace for the worst after already treating tens of thousands of patients statewide.

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March 1, 2013 | Crains Insider | link to article
The Paid Sick Leave Amendments, in Full
Supporters of city-mandated paid sick leave legislation shared a list of amendments made last year to make the legislation more palatable to the business community, ahead of a March 22 hearing on the contentious bill.

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March 1, 2013 | VT Digger | link to article
Moulton: Paid Sick Days Good for Vermont’s Economy
New York's city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers; calling for its passage, the New York Times editorial page noted that it is “a normal benefit for workers in at least 145 countries.”

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February 26, 2013 | RH Reality Check | link to article
Paid Sick Leave Pays for Itself: So Why Is NYC’s Mayoral Hopeful Blocking It?
New York's city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers; calling for its passage, the New York Times editorial page noted that it is “a normal benefit for workers in at least 145 countries.”

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February 22, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal | link to article
Legislators Step Up Push for Paid Sick Leave
Amid the worst flu season in recent years, lawmakers in at least a half-dozen cities and states are intensifying a push for laws requiring paid time off when workers take sick days.

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February 19, 2013 | AlterNet | link to article
How Regulations on Big Business Are Actually Profitable
Last week marked the twentieth anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which grants unpaid, job-protected leave to recover from a long-term illness, treat a sick family member, or care for a newborn child. In 1993, judging by the reaction of big business and its allies, you’d have thought Congress has just passed a law outlawing capitalism. Rep. John Boehner (D-Ohio) said the FMLA would cause “the light of freedom to grow dimmer.”

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February 16, 2013 | PolicyMic | link to article
40 Million American Workers Lack Paid Sick Leave — This is a Public Health Problem
The nation's recent flu epidemic has sparked a debate over paid sick days and whether or not they should be guaranteed by federal law for all Americans. As it turns out, there is only a narrow margin of U.S. employees that can boast such "benefits." The rest? Well, your choices are either to go to work when ill or to get fired.

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February 14, 2013 | Think Progress | link to article
Despite Big Business’ Warnings, There’s No Evidence That Mandated Sick Leave Causes Job Loss
Requiring that businesses provide employees decent amounts of sick leave doesn’t cost jobs, according to research by the consumer advocate group Public Citizen. The researchers studied three examples of sick leave policies — the San Francisco paid sick leave ordinance (which requires general paid sick leave), the wider California Paid Family and Medical Leave (which requires paid time to take care of children or sick family members), and federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA, which mandated job-protected, but unpaid sick leave).

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February 13, 2013 | CT Post | link to article
Paid Sick Days a Boon for State
When the Connecticut General Assembly was considering legislation guaranteeing paid sick days, many companies, especially in the restaurant industry, complained bitterly that it would sink their businesses. It hasn't.

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February 11, 2013 | Think Progress | link to article
Maryland Lawmakers Propose Mandatory Paid Sick Leave For Workers
American workers rarely receive paid sick leave, but cities and states across the country are taking up proposals to mandate that employers pay employees who have to miss work because they are sick. A group of Democratic lawmakers has added Maryland to that list with a proposal that would mandate up to seven earned sick days.

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February 6, 2013 | The Stand | link to article
State Bills Would Grant Paid Family Leave, Sick Days
The Washington State House Labor Committee heard two bills Tuesday that directly affect the economic security of working families.

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February 6, 2013 | The Peoples Defender | link to article
Local Economists Back Mandatory Sick Leave
Portland State University economics professor Mary King and 13 co-signatories have written a letter of support for the city’s mandatory sick leave proposal.

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February 5, 2013 | The Huffington Post | link to article
Bill Clinton Pushes For Paid Sick Leave Alongside House Democrats
Twenty years ago on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires companies to grant their employees at least 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year to recover from a serious illness, bond with a new baby or care for their ailing family members. Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) marked the occasion by pushing for an expanded version of the bill that would ensure paid family and medical leave for workers who could not afford to take 12 unpaid weeks off.

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February 1, 2013 | Yahoo News | link to article
Paid Sick Days In Philadelphia Would Benefit Business, Reduce Health Care Costs
Providing paid sick days is expected to save Philadelphia employers over half a million dollars per year, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). The city's proposed paid sick days legislation under Chapter 9-3300, would not only reduce costs to employers in Philadelphia, but would also reduce the spread of contagious diseases yielding further public health costs savings.

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February 1, 2013 | PR Newswire | link to article
Paid Sick Days In Philadelphia Would Benefit Business, Reduce Health Care Costs
Providing paid sick days is expected to save Philadelphia employers over half a million dollars per year, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). The city's proposed paid sick days legislation under Chapter 9-3300, would not only reduce costs to employers in Philadelphia, but would also reduce the spread of contagious diseases yielding further public health costs savings.

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February 1, 2013 | Portland Business Journal | link to article
Ensuring Ohioans Have the Paid Sick Days they Deserve
While the Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges Americans to stay home from work and school to avoid the spread of illness, we all suffer when workers without paid sick days don't have that option. In fact, according to recent studies, workers without paid sick leave are one and a half times more likely than are those with paid sick days to report going to work with a contagious illness.

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January 31, 2013 | The Baltimore Sun | link to article
Paid Sick-leave Bill Unveiled in Annapolis
Workers in Maryland would be guaranteed seven paid sick days a year under a bill introduced Thursday in Annapolis, eliminating what advocates say is an "impossible choice" that thousands of mostly low-wage employees are forced to make between preserving their health or their jobs.

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January 30, 2013 | The Lima News | link to article
Sherrod Brown Wants Paid Sick Days Mandated
With Ohio in the midst of a widespreak flu outbreak, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is backing a plan to ensure workers have access to to paid sick leave.

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January 25, 2013 | The Republican Massachusetts | link to article
Supporters Rally for Mass. Bill That Would Require Paid Sick Time
Supporters of efforts to force employers to pay workers when they are sick brought their fight in front of the State House Thursday afternoon, protesting outside a Dunkin Donuts on Beacon Street.

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January 25, 2013 | Oregon Live | link to article
As Debate Continues, Two Groups Throw Support Behind Paid Sick Leave: Portland City Hall Roundup
Two small business advocacy groups are calling a proposal to set a citywide sick time standard a "win-win policy for small businesses and workers across the City."

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January 24, 2013 | Metro Philly | link to article
City Council Reintroduces Bill Extending Paid Sick Leave to all Philadelphia Workers
Councilman Bill Greenlee on Thursday re-introduced the Healthy Families and Workplaces Bill, which would extend paid sick leave to all Philadelphia workers.

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January 23, 2013 | Oregon Live | link to article
Susan Nielsen: Portland Businesses Should Speak Up About Paid Sick Days
The question before the Portland City Council is whether to require all employers to offer earned sick time to their employees -- including the lower-wage workers who prepare food, care for the elderly and often don't earn a single paid day off of any kind.

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January 22, 2013 | AOL Jobs | link to article
Flu Outbreak Prompts Fierce Debate Over Paid Sick Days
An unusually early and vigorous flu season is drawing attention to a cause that has scored victories but also hit roadblocks in recent years: mandatory paid sick leave for a third of civilian workers - more than 40 million people - who don't have it.

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January 22, 2013 | Time Ideas | link to article
Flu Outbreak: Why Paid Sick Days Matter
While we typically look to doctors and medicines in a health crisis, we should recognize that guaranteeing paid sick days to workers could do as much, if not more, to help moderate the impact of influenza and other contagious diseases.

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January 20, 2013 | Union Bulletin | link to article
Sick Pay Benefits Employers’ Bottom Lines
The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that 39 percent of people employed in private industry do not have paid sick leave as a benefit.

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January 17, 2013 | The Huffington Post | link to article
Restaurant Employees Have Broad Public Support For Better Pay, Sick Days: Survey
One of the key narratives in the restaurant world over the past year has been an increased focus on workers' rights. Restaurant employees scored big settlements in tip-skimming lawsuits against restaurateurs such as Mario Batali and Eric Ripert, and fought tooth-and-nail for better pay from fast-food conglomerates, even as a few restaurant executives threatened to cut hours to avoid giving employees the benefits that Obamacare would require them to provide.

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January 16, 2013 | Orlando Sentinel | link to article
Florida Chamber Targets Local Sick-time Laws
The Florida Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that one of its top legislative priorities this year would be blocking local governments from adopting paid sick-time measures such as the one pending in Orange County.

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January 16, 2013 | Herald Net | link to article
Paid Sick Days Make Economic, Health Sense
Company productivity may take a small dip, but not a huge one. Work returns to normal. That makes paid sick leave a money-maker for business, rather than a drain on potential profits.

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January 15, 2013 | Hyattsville Patch | link to article
Maryland Democrats Push for Sick Leave Law
The argument in favor of the sick day legislation was framed as both an economic issue and a public health issue. Ill low-wage workers, the sick day legislation advocates said, wouldn't be forced to bring their germs into public in order to maintain the monthly finances.

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January 14, 2013 | Southern Maryland Newspaper | link to article
Maryland Chamber, Others Oppose Paid Sick Day Legislation
The city of Portland, Ore., is planning to discuss a proposal by the Everybody Benefits community coalition that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The coalition is made up of labor, community and business groups and is seeking to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco and other cities that have successfully passed similar ordinances.

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January 12, 2013 | The Huffington Post | link to article
Flu Epidemic Means Working While Sick For Workers Without Leave
The U.S. is now in the midst of a massive flu outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control has pegged flu activity as "high" in roughly half the country, while deaths from pneumonia and flu have climbed "slightly above the epidemic threshold." Experts have said this year's strain is one of the more severe in recent memory.

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January 11, 2013 | The Huffington Post | link to article
Flu Prevention? Try Paid Sick Days
The fear is real. University of Chicago researchers found nearly one in five workers reported that they or a family member had been fired, suspended, punished or threatened with being fired for tak

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