Push Is On to Make Sick Days Mandatory in Ohio

By Peter Ambrose

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 23, 2007 at 6:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A coalition trying to put mandatory paid sick days into state law says it has gathered enough signatures to present the issue to lawmakers.

The Ohio Healthy Families Act would require businesses with 25
or more employees to give full-time employees seven paid sick days
each year. Part-time employees could earn sick days on a prorated

The measure is backed by a broad coalition including the Service
Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO.

The coalition says it has gathered about 140,000 signatures and
plans to get more. It needs at least 120,683 valid signatures to give lawmakers the sick-day proposal.

If the Legislature fails to act, the coalition can gather more signatures to place the proposal directly on the 2008 ballot.

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