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December 18, 2012

Paid Sick Days to be Mandated by More State and Local Governments

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are not required to provide any paid sick leave. This legislation is in response to fears that employees are putting their jobs before their health, which also leads to decreased productivity and profit losses for the employer. It is also in response to the finding that 32 percent of employers with fewer than 50 employees provided paid sick leave in 2011, compared to39 percent in 2009. Seattle has similar legislation being put into effect in September, which will require employers with five to 49employees to provide five paid sick days, employers with 50 to249 to provide seven paid sick days, and employers with more than 250 employees to provide nine paid sick days. The state of Massachusetts is considering a comparable regulation, but the version currently under debate would provide seven paid sick days to all workers, including part-time employees and contract workers. Small business owners estimate that, if passed, this mandate could end up costing the state 16,000 lost jobs and $8.4billion in lost production by 2016 and say that businesses with fewer than 500 employees would suffer two thirds of the all jobs lost and more than 50 percent of lost productivity.