Seattle to vote on requiring paid sick leave

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle appears poised to require businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees.

The City Council is set to vote on legislation Monday. Six council members, a majority, said they supported the proposal in a statement issued last Thursday.

The ordinance would mandate companies with at least five workers provide at least five paid sick days a year. The biggest companies would have to offer up to nine days. Victims of domestic violence would also be entitled to sick days.

Supporters say the law promotes public health since workers who don't have paid sick days are more likely to come to work when they or their relatives are ill. They said as many as 190,000 workers in Seattle do not get paid sick leave.