Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A City Council committee advanced a proposal Tuesday to require employers in Los Angeles to offer at least six days of paid sick leave to workers, twice the amount mandated by the state.

The policy advanced by the Economic Development Committee would raise the mandated paid sick leave time from the 24 hours to 48 hours per calendar year, starting July 1.

If the proposal is approved by the full City Council, the city attorney would still need to write the ordinance language and bring it back for another round of discussion and votes.

Council aides said the ordinance language would need to be approved by May in order for the proposal to go into effect by the intended deadline of July 1. That is also the day the first phase of the gradual minimum wage hike to $15 per hour is set to go into effect, with large businesses scheduled to begin paying employees at least $10.50 an hour.

Backers of the minimum wage had pushed for the increased paid sick leave to be included in the law, but some members of the business community raised concerns, saying the issue needed more study.

The six days would be offered to workers who have worked at least 30 days within a year, and accrued paid sick leave can be carried over to the next year. Employers would be able to cap the accrued hours at 72 hours, but they could also have a higher cap or set no cap at all.

Some employers who already offer 48 hours of paid time off — which are hours that can be used for sickness, personal time off or vacation — would not need to increase the amount of time off they offer under the proposal.

— Wire reports 

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