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Debate On Paid Sick Leave

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By STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut senators are debating a bill that would require some employers to offer workers paid sick leave.

No state currently has such a law. Unions and their allies have waged a long battle to secure the benefit vigorously opposed by businesses.

Democratic Sen. Edith Prague, the chief sponsor, opened debate Wednesday. She says it’s a matter of protecting public health. Republican Sen. John McKinney says the measure is hypocritical because it exempts manufacturers and the YMCA.

If approved by the Senate, the measure would head to the House. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy supports the legislation.

Malloy’s Republican predecessor threatened to veto previous paid sick leave measures that eventually died in the legislature.

Beginning Jan. 1, employees would begin accruing one hour of sick leave for each 40 hours worked.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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