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Small businesses should support “Common Ground” paid sick days proposal

Via Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce:

Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall speaking at the introduction of the paid sick days ordinance

Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall speaking at the introduction of the paid sick days ordinance

From the West Seattle Herald:

Jody Hall, Cupcake Royale & Verite Coffee

From the day I started my business, taking care of my people has been my utmost priority. Within a year of opening, I offered heath insurance for employees who worked 30+ hours. As our business grew, I added paid vacation for our hourly baristas, bakers and drivers, in addition to paid time off for our management staff.

The paid sick days ordinance is sparking great debate among small businesses in Seattle. At first, I was reluctant to support the effort. I thought that the original proposal requiring 9 paid days a year (based on a voter-approved law in San Francisco) seemed steep for the majority of small businesses in Seattle.

But instead of deciding to be against it, I wanted to be a part of an effort to share concerns to shape something that works for small businesses and is unique for the city of Seattle.

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