Shawn Vestal: Paid sick leave won’t kill Spokane businesses (May 15, 2015)

, The Spokesman-Review

Would requiring paid sick leave for Spokane workers drive businesses to Idaho?

Or is that just a herring that grows redder every year?

Against those two extremes, the evidence from other cities that have adopted sick-leave requirements suggests something milder and more mixed: some “negligible” impacts on profits, real but modest effect on prices, and limited downside in lost wages or hours for workers. The tradeoff for workers is significant, if you care about that. And if you don’t, there is a potential benefit for you as well, as someone whose food might be handled by sick employees.

So far as I can tell, the research is silent on the question of forced exile to the Gem State. Still, it seems like a safe inference – based on documented experiences in Seattle, San Francisco and Connecticut – that a paid sick-leave policy in Spokane wouldn’t create a rush for the border.

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