Ohio among states pushing laws to require paid sick days

Associated Press - August 20, 2008 11:15 AM ET

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Ohio isn't the only state wrestling with whether to require paid sick days.

Lawmakers in a dozen states have proposed legislation in the past year to guarantee sick time covered by employers.

In Ohio, an advocacy group is pushing a November ballot initiative to require companies to offer paid sick days. Dale Butland of Ohioans for Healthy Families says the effort has picked up steam in Columbus and other state capitals because federal legislation has stalled.

Some 46 million U.S. workers lack paid sick days.

Employers, especially smaller ones, say forcing them to provide paid sick days would amount to a costly new mandate for businesses already struggling through an economy that's contracting.

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