HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has become the first state to require companies to provide employees with paid sick leave with legislation signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (top), who announced his action Tuesday.
The measure requires businesses in the service industry with 50 or more employees to allow workers to accrue one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked. Backers estimate that between 200,000 and 300,000 workers will benefit. Opponents said the law will make Connecticut less competitive.
Backers have compared the legislation with workplace standards such as minimum wage, which was enacted in the 1930s, and occupational safety and health standards, which were adopted in the 1970s.
"When we raise the minimum wage, it raises wages for everyone," said Jon Green, executive director of Connecticut Working Families, which lobbied for the legislation. "I think we'll see paid sick time follow a similar trajectory over time."