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Connecticut First State To Require Paid Sick Time

The measure, which was signed into law Tuesday by the governor, will benefit -- say its backers -- between 200,000 and 300,000 workers. Its opponents argue the requirement will make the state less competitive. In related news, Denver voters could consider a similar measure on the November ballot.  

The Associated Press/MSNBC: Conn. Becomes 1st State Requiring Paid Sick Time
Connecticut has become the first state to require companies to provide employees with paid sick leave with legislation signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who announced his action Tuesday. The measure requires businesses in the service industry with 50 or more employees to allow workers to accrue one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked. Backers estimate that between 200,000 and 300,000 workers will benefit. Opponents said the law will make Connecticut less competitive (7/6). 

Denver Post: Petitions Could Put Mandatory Paid Sick Leave On Denver Ballot
Mandatory paid sick leave moved a step closer to Denver voters Tuesday as proponents submitted petitions to get it on the November ballot. Interest groups already are lining up for battle on the issue. Business advocates are fighting it; supporters include a coalition of organized labor, public health agencies, clergy and community groups. The measure would require employers in Denver to grant nine days a year of paid sick time to full-time employees. Businesses with fewer than 10 workers would need to provide five days of sick leave. The requirement would be pro-rated to fewer days for part-time employees (Raabe, 7/6). 

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