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Councilman Lacks One Vote to Pass Sick Leave Bill

A councilman in Philadelphia knew the reasons for allowing mandatory sick leave for employees. The New York City Council has recently approved mandatory paid sick leave. Sick leave is separate from FMLA leave and worker's compensation, which would compensate workers for any occupational disease.

The City Council in Philadelphia was one vote short back in April when the mandatory paid sick leave measure was vetoed by the mayor. This one vote would have overridden the veto and allow employees a much needed benefit. The councilman who wanted to override the mayor's veto wanted his city to take the lead in worker's benefits instead of New York.

Employers in the city are not required to offer paid sick leave to their employees. This bill would have made sick leave taken by an employee a paid work day. The main issues is that many council members have with the policy is that the cost is burdensome to employers. Many may not be able to afford it and be forced to let workers go.

The measure that passed in New York is expected to cover up to 1 million employees who did not have paid sick leave previously. Philadelphia has 180,000 employees of local businesses that will not get the added benefit of mandatory paid sick leave. Workers at local businesses can get sick while at work and from outside sources. However, getting sick at work should not mean having to go without a paycheck.

Legal assistance from a workers compensation lawyer is available for people who have become sick at their place of work. This can be due to working conditions or lack of safety measures to prevent people from getting sick.

Source:, "Failed Sick Leave Bill Still Haunts Councilman", Mike Dunn, May 13, 2013

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