Costs and Benefits of Paid Sick Leave: Reviewing the Research (Report)

By George Awuor and Alex Arella, The Bell Policy Center

On Nov. 1, Denver residents will vote on a proposal that would require
employers to provide paid sick leave for their employees. Under the proposed ordinance, Initiative 300, employees would earn an hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, amounting to about nine days per year for full-time employees. For businesses with fewer than 10 employees, sick days would be capped at 40 hours, or five days per year. Paid sick leave would also be available for employees to care for a sick family member in need of medical care or to seek legal assistance or secure alternative accommodations in cases of domestic abuse.

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