20) Paid sick days soon mandatory in San Francisco

Fox News

"For many workers calling in sick means more than spending the day in
bed, it also means not getting paid ... unless you live in San
Francisco. Employers in the City by the Bay must now give paid sick
leave to all their workers -- even, in some cases, when they're not
sick. One provision of the law allows workers without families to call
in sick to care for a friend or neighbor -- all on the boss' dime.
Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure, which is the first law of
its kind in the country. It mandates sick pay for everyone from
full-time cab drivers to part-time nannies. The law provides up to 9
paid sick days a year to an estimated 115,000 workers, including
low-wage earners who, according to labor activists, can't otherwise
afford to skip work. A local chef says he's either going to have to
raise prices or hire fewer workers." (01/25/07)