California workers get ready to start the paid sick-leave era

The most populous state in the U.S. will soon become only the second to require private-sector employers to give their workers paid sick days.

By a 52-21 vote over the weekend, the California State Assembly sent a sick-leave bill to Governor Jerry Brown, who’s signaled he will sign it into law. Starting in July, most workers will earn an hour of paid leave for each 30 hours worked, as much as three days a year. A report released last month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research estimated that 44 percent of California workers currently lack access to paid sick leave.

The country’s first and only other statewide law requiring paid sick leave passed three years ago in Connecticut. The first such citywide law dates back to 2006, and similar measures have since been adopted in New York, Portland, Ore., San Diego, Seattle, and Washington.

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