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NJ city wants to require mandatory sick leave

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jersey City wants to join a small number of cities nationwide that require private employers to offer sick days.

Mayor Steven Fulop is proposing that Jersey City businesses with more than 10 employees provide up to 5 paid sick days a year. Businesses with fewer than 9 workers would have to offer up to 5 unpaid days.

Workers would earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked under the proposal.

The issue of mandatory sick leave is gaining traction nationwide.

San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York City and Seattle have all passed laws granting mandatory sick leave, as has Connecticut.

A bill in Congress lets employees earn 7 paid sick days a year. Similar legislation has been voted down or failed to advance in the past.

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