Council approved paid sick leave, now what?

While the paid sick and safe leave ordinance did pass, it could get a veto from Mayor David Condon.

But workers say getting paid sick days is important.

Joseph Simonson is an employee with the Lantern Tap House, a business that already has this.

“This is actually the first place that I've had paid sick leave so it is a new thing for me,” he says.

One of his co-workers, Kedra Evans, says she used to have to decide between staying home and making money.

“You just lose so much money just on one day so it's really nice not to have to worry about that extra little bit,” she says.

But, the mayor says he still has unanswered questions about the ordinance, including what the impact is.

“These issues need to be done at the state level,” Mayor Condon says. “The city doesn't currently monitor employee issues. At the state they do. And really to continue to have regulation city by city is to me very cumbersome for so many of our businesses.”

He estimates it could cost more than half a million dollars to implement.

But workers say having paid sick leave makes them feel valued.

“They actually took the time to invest in their employees, not just the equipment, not just the product, it's something they took the time and realized that when you invest in your employees it can benefit you greatly,” Simonson says.

It would take a year to fully implement the ordinance. Council members say that they are also working with the administration to decide how to enforce this too. They say it may be complaint-based.

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