L.A. City Council Tentatively Approves Plan Requiring Employers to Offer at Least 6 Paid Sick Days

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Los Angeles workers would be able to earn at least six paid sick days annually — twice the state minimum — under a proposed law that the City Council backed Tuesday.

California now requires employers to provide at least three days of paid sick leave annually. Labor and community activists had pushed for L.A. to increase the mandated amount of time off for local workers who fall ill or need to take care of a loved one, arguing that employees too often are forced to decide between their health and their jobs.

Under the new law, "no longer will workers have to make a choice between putting food on the table and getting well," Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said at a news conference Tuesday outside City Hall.

Some business groups argued that the new requirements would place another hard burden on employers who already are facing other costly new mandates — including a string of increases to the L.A. minimum wage that eventually will require businesses to pay at least $15 hourly.

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