More cities and states are passing mandatory sick-leave laws. New York recently passed an ordinance requiring any business with 20 or more employees to offer sick leave.
Connecticut, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., and Seattle approved sick-leave rules before New York City did. But when Milwaukee established its own requirement in 2011, Wisconsin lawmakers overturned it.
Since then, Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arizona have approved laws banning local sick leave ordinances. In Florida, a ban approved by lawmakers is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, and a similar measure is pending in the Michigan Legislature — even though no city in Michigan has approved a sick leave law.
A proposal in Congress — The Healthy Families Act — would require those who employ 15 or more employees to give each employee one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Groups that analyze proposed legislation say the act has virtually no chance of passing in the current Congress.
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