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Proposal to Mandate Paid Sick Leave in Seattle

Chaaron Pearson on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 10:18:35 am

Seattle city council members will consider legislation that would mandate paid sick leave for all employees in Seattle.

If the bill to be introduced by city council member Nick Licata passes, Seattle will join Washington, D.C. and San Francisco in requiring private employers to provide paid sick days. The legislation in San Francisco may serve as a template for the yet-to-be-introduced Seattle sick leave bill.

The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce has been closely monitoring this issue. Members of the chamberís tax and regulation committee discussed mandated paid sick leave in a spring meeting. The chamber plans to follow the issue and continue committee discussion once draft legislation is introduced. They also hope to gather opinions from local business members to gauge the business community reaction to such legislation.

Read more:

Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce: Learn more about a proposal to mandate sick leave in Seattle
The Seattle Times: Plan would mandate paid sick leave in Seattle
PubliCola.com: Council Will Consider Citywide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

Other mandated paid sick leave news:

Milwaukee had a similar mandate that was reversed in May when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill pre-empting local ordinances from requiring employers to provide paid sick leave.

Connecticut recently became the first state to mandate paid sick leave for service workers who receive an hourly wage and are employed at a business with over 50 employees.

Related posts:

Policy Clearinghouse Blog: Governor Walker signs bill at MMAC
Huffington Post: Paid Sick Leave: Cities, States Putting Mandates on Employers
New York Times: In Connecticut, Paid Sick Leave for Service Workers is Approved

Tags: employer-employee relations

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