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LA City Council approves expanded sick leave

Seattle's minimum wage increase didn’t effect employment in Seattle’s restaurant industry, according to a study from UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
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The L.A. City Council has tentatively approved a new ordinance that will require employers to provide at least six days off a year for sick leave, twice what the state currently requires. The rule applies to all employees, including part-time and temporary workers.

The Los Angeles City Council has tentatively approved a new ordinance requiring employers to provide their workers a minimum of six days of paid sick leave, twice the requirement under state law.

California passed a law last year requiring businesses to provide a minimum of three days paid sick leave for all employees, including part-time and temporary workers.

Under the city's proposed ordinance, which still needs to be drafted by the City Attorney's Office before final approval, employees could accrue and carry over their sick leave to subsequent years. Employers can cap the total sick leave at nine days, and they don't have to pay for any unused days.

The Council voted 13-1 to approve the motion, with Councilman Mitch Englander casting the lone dissenting vote.

"There's no advantage to requiring that employees come sick to work," said City Councilman Paul Koretz.

The proposal already has some business groups worried, though.

The California Restaurant Association has asked for special consideration in the past, saying paid sick leave hits the restaurant industry particularly hard.

Maribel Peebles, who manages Tacos Don Chente in Bell Gardens, told KPCC last year the state law was a burden on her business.

"We're going to have the cost of the person who's out, plus pay the overtime of the person who's covering for the person who's out," she said. "It becomes expensive to have people out when they're sick."