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Push for Paid Sick Leave

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

If you're sick and can't work, do you get paid to stay home? Some Madison leaders are working to make sure all employees in the city get just that.

Making paid sick leave a minimum standard for workers in the city was the hot topic at Monday night's town hall meeting.

Members of the Healthy Families, Healthy City Campaign heard what residents want to see in such an ordinance. Supporters of the move say the benefit should be awarded to all employees, no matter how much they make.

"We need to find a way, not only for businesses that rely on low wage workers, to provide this basic benefit, quite frankly, but as far as social service agencies we need to find a way to make sure that something basic like sick leave can be part of the package," says Robert Craig, state political director for SEIU.

Many small business owners argue that they cannot afford to lose a worker and pay for their time at home.


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