The city council voted 6-2 to develop an ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick time to employees.
The vote on the far-reaching ordinance followed a 90-minute debate on mandatory sick leave, including whether it’s appropriate for municipal government to dictate how businesses should treat their workers.
“This is one of the most important issues that we will discuss at council in a very long time,” said southeast Councilor Alan Zelenka. “It’s an issue of fairness to workers, but (also) being mindful of the impacts on business.”
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