Jersey City Council passes paid sick leave bill

Jersey City Council passes paid sick leave bill

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's second-largest city has passed legislation requiring businesses to offer employees paid sick days.

The Jersey City Council passed the earned sick days bill by a 7-1 vote Wednesday night.

Democratic Mayor Steven Fulop supports the bill. Once he signs it Jersey City will become the first city in the state and the sixth in the country to guarantee sick days.

Fulop says working people won't have to choose between missing a day of work and caring for their health.

Advocates say the bill will allow 30,000 private-sector employees in businesses with 10 or more employees to earn up to five paid sick days a year. They say employees of smaller businesses could earn up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time.

Business groups say they're concerned about reduced productivity and increased costs.

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