Labor committee approves paid sick days

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.