RH Reality Check
January 9, 2015
Two Pennsylvania state senators—a Republican and a Democrat—on Wednesday said they would introduce legislation prohibiting municipalities from enacting paid leave protections for workers, a direct response to a long-standing effort in Philadelphia to give employees paid sick leave.
Paid leave legislation has been in the works in Philadelphia for several years. The Philadelphia City Council has twice passed paid sick leave bills—in 2011 and 2013—but both times the legislation was vetoed by Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter, who cited concerns about economic growth for small businesses following the Great Recession.