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updated: 3/5/2014 6:06 PM

Chicago aldermen want sick pay for all employees

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Several Chicago aldermen are proposing an ordinance that would require employers in the city to provide paid sick days for their workers.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the ordinance would mean paid sick days for 460,000 private-sector workers. That includes the majority of low-income food service and health care workers. They often don't get paid sick leave.

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Under the ordinance employers with at least 10 workers would have to provide them nine paid sick days a year. Businesses with fewer than 10 workers would have to provide them with five days a year.

Proponents say the ordinance would prevent workers from passing along illnesses they now may carry to work.

Tanya Triche of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association argued the proposal would be a hardship for small businesses.

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