Voters in Massachusetts, Trenton (NJ), Montclair (NJ), and Oakland (CA) voted to require companies with more than 10 employees to provide paid sick days to workers. Massachusetts this week followed in the footsteps of Connecticut and California when its residents voted to guarantee paid sick leave for workers. Massachusetts workers working in companies with more than 10 employees will be eligible for five paid sick days a year. Those who work for companies with fewer than 10 employees will be eligible for unpaid sick days.
In Trenton, workers will get five paid sick days for employers with at least 10 employees and three paid sick days for workers in companies with fewer than 10 employees. Montclair workers will earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
Workers in Oakland who work in companies with more than 10 workers will be eligible for up to nine sick days a year and those working in smaller companies will be eligible for five paid sick days. California recently passed a state-wide paid sick leave law, but it guaranteed only three paid sick days.