A fast food worker takes an order in San Francisco.

California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick leave per year. Although some cities including San Francisco already require employers to offer paid sick leave, there is no statewide mandate. The proposal, which now heads to the state Senate, is meeting stiff resistance from business groups who say it’s a job killer.

Lorena Gonzalez, state assemblymember representing the 80th Assembly District and author of Assembly Bill 1522
John Kabateck, California executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Steve Smith, communications director for the California Labor Federation

  • leroyjabari

    It’s amazing how small business is the first name thrown out there but it’s the companies like McDonald’s and the other fast food giants that are the worst offenders and can surely afford it.

  • rematrav

    No one wants sick people at work, or to have to work.

    The question is who pays sick people when they can’t or don’t work? Why is the employer responsible for paying someone who can’t work? Why not the sick person’s neighbor or the next person listed in the phone book? By continuing to make employers responsible for what we all want but don’t want to pay, we burden business–all the little regulations and laws add up to onerous burdens that discourage business formation and create less employment. If society believes sick people are entitled to sick pay, fine, then society should pay for that through our taxes. It’s so tempting to make someone else pay–like employers–for achieving goals that society values. It’s like: “yeah, that’s fair and that’s a good idea…make the other guy pay for it.”

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