Offering Paid Sick Leave

Some companies offer their employees paid sick leave as a part of their benefits. However, should small businesses be required to pay for sick leave when their employees need time off? That is a part of the debate happening in Seattle between the city and small biz owners.

Under a Seattle City Council proposal, Proios and every business owner in the city would be forced to provide paid sick leave for their workers. Bigger businesses would have to offer more paid days than smaller businesses, but all companies would be required, for the first time, to compensate employees for missing work for medical reasons, most often because they or a family member were sick.

About two dozen small-business owners have joined labor unions and civil-rights organizations to support the measure. Groups representing the broader business community decry it as a government intrusion.

Where do you stand with your business?

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