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John H. Eichelberger
Pennsylvania Senate moves to block Philly's sick leave law

Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled state Senate sided with business groups Tuesday in a battle with advocates for low-wage workers over employee sick leave policies, including one in Philadelphia that would be blocked by an advancing bill. Senators voted 37-12 for a bill that would bar Pennsylvania's municipalities from requiring business owners to provide any kind of employee leave, paid or unpaid, that goes beyond state or federal law. It also would seek to wipe out a new Philadelphia sick leave requirement that takes effect in May. That policy, signed by Mayor Michael Nutter in February, requires employers with at least 10 employees to grant each worker at least one hour...

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