Legislation Would Require Paid Sick Days

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Democratic Assemblywoman Fiona Ma’s measure would require employers to provide paid sick days to workers—both part time and full time. Small companies would have to give five days and larger ones at least nine days. 

Janel Martinez is lobbying for it. She says she worked two jobs as a single parent with no sick days—and faced tough choices. 

 “And when I got sick or my son got sick I had to keep working or I had to choose whether or not to pay the bills at the end of the month…”

Marc Burgat with the California Chamber of Commerce says it’s another burden on business—and isn’t the way to go in a troubled economy.

“The employer can only shoulder so many of those costs before they start to decide that it  may not be in the best interest of the company to bring in new employees..”

The bill heads next to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.