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California Workers Get Ready to Start the Paid Sick-Leave Era

The most populous state in the U.S. will soon become only the second to require private-sector employers to give their workers paid sick days.

By a 52-21 vote over the weekend, the California State Assembly sent a sick-leave bill to Governor Jerry Brown, who’s signaled he will sign it into law. Starting in July, most workers will earn an hour of paid leave for each 30 hours worked, as much as three days a year. A report released last month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research estimated that 44 percent of California workers currently lack access to paid sick leave.