For millions of working Americans, calling in sick isn’t an option. That’s because 40 million employees in the United States do not have paid sick leave. This will no longer be the case for food service or day care workers in Connecticut by May 2012, because of a newly passed law requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to give their workers one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked.
The passing of this law makes Connecticut the first state in the country to adopt mandated sick-day laws. We hear from Dave Rutigliano, chef and owner of The Southport Brewing Company in Connecticut who tells us why sick-leave is bad news for small business. Jon Green, executive director for Connecticut Working Familes, also speaks with us.