Public weighs in on Philly’s proposed mandatory sick time

The public is weighing in on a proposed Philadelphia law to mandate sick time for all workers in the city.  

The majority of those speaking at a City Council hearing were small businesspeople who say mandating up to nine sick days would cripple their businesses.  Richard Mass says in his experience, most workers take advantage of their sick days.

“It is unscheduled paid vacation days, no one leaves them on the table at the end of the year,” Mass said.

Former restaurant workers Maureen Scully says the sick time will keep others from becoming ill.  “Because it spreads all the time, where I worked it is a cycle, someone was always sickit never ended,” she said.

Candice Sneberger says her business will leave Philadelphia if the bill is passed.  “We run an internet online travel company we can operate from anywhere in the world, we will move it to somewhere more employer friendly,” she said.

City Council has not set a firm date to vote on the bill.I’m Tom MacDonald WHYY news.

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