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Paid Sick Days Bill Before Lawmakers Again
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Jon Green is the Director of Connecticut's Working Families party, the organization behind the Paid Sick Days legislation. The bill requires businesses with 50 or more employees to provide up to 6.5 days of paid sick leave a year. Last year, the bill passed the Senate but never came up for a vote in the House.

Green says given the economic climate, it's even more important to get the law passed this year.

"Employees are under much more pressure to not lose that days pay, to not risk losing their jobs so they're more inclined to go to work with an illness."

Green says this spreads illness which results in higher costs to the healthcare system and ultimately affects an employer's bottom line.

"We're trying to do everything we can to hang on and survive. We have several on furloughs and reduced work weeks and some that have their pay reduced as well."

Jack Traver, President of Traver, IDC, in Waterbury, says business is lagging and mandatory sick time would cost him more money. 

"I've heard discussion that maybe this bill would only apply to companies with more than fifty employees it certainly wouldn't be an incentive to continue doing what we're trying to do which is to grow our business and increase our employee count."

But Louis Lista, owner of Pond House Cafe in Hartford sees it another way.  The Pond House has provided all of its workers paid sick time since 2003. He says the move has made his business stronger.

"It does cost us a certain amount of money out of pocket but we make up that money by not having the large turnover." 
 
Even if the bill is approved by the Legislature, Governor Rell, does not support the measure. Her spokesman says Rell believes Connecticut has enough mandates on employers and given the economy, this is the worst time to add another burden.