Rai­mondo signs paid sick leave bill

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Demo­cratic Rhode Is­land Gov. Gina Rai­mondo has signed leg­is­la­tion to man­date paid time off for work­ers who call in sick.

Rai­mondo, who signed the law Thurs­day, says it will en­able 100,000 Rhode Is­land work­ers to take sick days. Law­mak­ers ap­proved the mea­sure this month. Repub­li­can law­mak­ers op­posed it, say­ing it will hurt busi­nesses and the econ­omy.

Rai­mondo says be­ing able to re­cover from an ill­ness or care for a sick rel­a­tive with­out hav­ing to worry about los­ing your job or go­ing with­out pay is a ba­sic right.

Em­ploy­ees will be guar­an­teed three days of paid sick leave in 2018, four days in 2019 and five days in 2020. The re­quire­ment only ap­plies to busi­nesses with 18 or more em­ploy­ees.

Neigh­bor­ing Mas­sachusetts and Con­necti­cut cur­rently re­quire paid sick leave.

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