Mandated Sick Days- The Next "Minimum Wage"

According to a report in Workforce News In Brief San Francisco is leading the country with mandated paid sick days, a law effective in February. It required companies to provide 9 paid sick days per year. Sen. Edward Kennedy is proposing a similar bill on a national level, requiring companies of 15 or more employees to provide seven paid sick days. “This is the next worker issue after minimum wage,” says Deven McGraw, COO of the National Partnership for Women and Families. “People are starting to understand the predicament that low-wage workers in this country face.”

Opponents point out that this is destructive to many companies PTO policies and could be an administrative nightmare.

If you have any feelings about this, one way or the other, now is the time to start talking to your Congressional legislators.

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