New legislation requiring Philadelphia employers to offer paid sick time for many employees was approved by City Council and signed into law by Mayor Nutter last week. Under the new law, Philadelphia workers will earn one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours of work. The law applies to businesses that employ ten or more workers, and violations are punishable by restitution, penalties, and fines.
The City Council vote was 14-2 in favor of mandatory paid sick time. Supporters emphasize that workers without paid sick time are generally those who need it most. Mayor Nutter previously vetoed two similar bills in 2011 and 2013 due to the city’s financial crisis.
Sixteen other cities across the United States currently have mandatory sick time laws, and President Obama has asked Congress to consider a national law requiring employers nationwide to offer paid sick time to workers.
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