Activists hold signs during a rally at New York's City Hall in support of paid sick days legislation. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer/File.)

Opposing forces in the paid sick leave battle are digging in for what is shaping up as a long struggle over worker rights vs. small business profitability.

Paying workers to stay home when they get sick, have family troubles or are emotionally distraught has become a cause celebre within the labor movement in the last few years. Supporters of paid sick leave scored some big victories early on. Now, the opposition, led by advocates for small business, are mounting a strong rebuttal.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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