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Pennsylvania Senators Move to Block Paid Sick Leave for Philadelphia Workers

January 13, 2015

RH Reality Check

January 9, 2015

by Nina Liss-Schultz

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.

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