Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote No Employers, Not City Council, Should Set Sick Days

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote No Employers, Not City Council, Should Set Sick Days

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Here's a message for Pittsburgh City Council: Act in haste, repent at leisure.

Led by Councilman Corey O'Connor, the panel seems determined to pass a bill today that would force all employers in Pittsburgh to provide paid sick leave for workers, regardless of whether they can afford it.

The two most troubling features of this measure are how fast it is moving toward enactment and the fact that it is not limited to city government employees or even to workers at firms that have contracts with the city. Although Mr. O'Connor tweaked his proposal a bit two weeks ago, it still would require any business with 15 or more workers to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick time and those with 14 or fewer workers, up to 24 hours.

About 40 percent of Pittsburgh's private sector workers and 77 percent of its service workers have no paid sick leave, so this measure would have significant impact - not necessarily all for good.

Despite the far reach of his proposal, Mr. …

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