Tacoma Debates Sick Leave

This week, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland presented a proposal to city council about mandating three days of paid sick leave for workers.  The proposal would require all businesses with at least four employees to offer the paid days after a worker has worked for 180 days.  

Hundreds of people came in to watch the council meeting.  Although the public was not able to officially give input at that meeting, many had signs saying that three days are not enough.  Others were to show their support for it, or there for more information to see how the proposal could affect them.  Council members asked for more information and clarification. Mayor Strickland simply said it was a large issue that the community as a whole was experiencing.

With the proposal, the law would take effect on January 1, 2016.  Only businesses with three or less employees would be exempt.  The law would be enforced after complaints were filed against companies.