The General Assembly’s labor committee today narrowly approved legislation that would require businesses with more than 50 employees to offer up to five paid sick days.

The committee voted 6-4 for a bill praised by the Working Families Party as a matter of social justice and detested by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association as a symbol of the state’s tin ear when it comes to the state’s business environment.

No state has a similar statutory requirement.

The bill has passed both chambers, but never in the same year.

Rep. Ernest Hewett, D-New London, who voted for the bill last year, joined three Republicans today to oppose the measure.

The tally sheet is available here.

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