Business Journal: Sick Pay Benefits Proposed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
California could become the first state to guarantee paid sick days for all employees. Assembly Bill 2716 – sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Fiona Ma of San Francisco – would expand sick-day benefits to 6 million employees in the state, or about 40 percent of all workers. If passed, the bill would allow employees to accrue at least one hour of sick pay for every 30 hours of work. The employee could use the sick days beginning on the 90th calendar day on the job. Small-business leaders, employers who will be affected the most by the bill, are opposed to the legislation, citing the increased costs of paying for employees who are not working.