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Sick days quandary

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I just received my newsletter from the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association and my eye went to a story about a difference of opinion regarding the allowable number of paid sick days.

According to the story, a group known as Ohioans for Healthy Families submitted a proposal, requiring businesses with at least 25 employees to provide each with seven paid sick days per year. Part-time workers would be allocated paid sick days proportional to their hours worked. The group garnered 154,693 signatures.

The proposal did not pass muster in the state legislature. So the group is trying to collect an additional 120,683 signatures by Aug. 6 to place the issue on the ballot for the November elections.

Opponents of the initiative including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, argue this would cause businesses to leave Ohio at a time when the state’s economy is already suffering.

This story led me to do some additional research and I found a site called paidfamilyleave.org. There, I learned that San Francisco, in 2006, became the first locality in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for all its workers. Since then, legislators in more than a dozen states as well as on Capitol Hill will advocate for paid sick days initiatives in 2008. 

Has your business become ill by such legislation? Do tell us about your experiences.

We welcome your comments.

Lois Caliri
Editor

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