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Paid sick leave is shaping up as the next big battle between policymakers and employers, with both sides claiming their position is best for workers.

Although not as visible as the minimum wage battle, the debate over requiring employers to provide paid sick leave has been heating up rapidly. San Francisco became the first local government to pass such legislation in 1996. More than 15 cities and three states have followed suit, with numerous cities and state governing bodies now considering paid sick leave laws, according to, an advocacy group affiliated with the National Partnership for Women and Families.

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