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Businesses elsewhere report few problems with sick leave laws

Tacoma News Tribune | 03.08.15 || A handful of Seattle small business owners want Tacoma business owners to know that adjusting to mandatory paid sick leave for employees will be a lot easier than they may think.


Sick Leave: Tacoma And Philly Jump On The Bandwagon; Chicago Voters Join In

The National Law Review | 02.25.15 || Maybe we should start calling it ‘chic’ leave, since it’s all the rage right now.  Tacoma and Philadelphia are the latest municipalities to require private employers to provide employees with sick leave.


Tacoma, WA Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

The National Law Review | 02.18.15 || Now comes Tacoma, Washington, joining the growing throng of cities and states that have passed paid sick leave laws.


The paid sick leave battle continues, state by state

Fortune | 02.11.15 || This year, paid sick leave laws seem primed to extend that winning streak. In late January, Tacoma, Wash. passed legislation that requires employers to give workers at least three days of paid sick leave. Washington State is considering a statewide sick leave bill, as is Maryland.


The Workers’ Rights Movement Marches On to Tacoma, Olympia, and Beyond

Seattle Weekly | 02.03.15 || A packed City Council meeting in Tacoma last week was the latest proof that the fight for workers’ rights has begun to take a firm foothold beyond SeaTac and Seattle.


It will pay to be sick in Tacoma

Business Examiner | 01.28.15 || After a city council meeting extending more than five hours, a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance was passed in Tacoma last night.


Tacoma businesses must provide 3 sick days a year

KIRO TV | 01.28.15 || Tacoma lawmakers approved a plan to require all businesses to give employees at least three days of paid sick leave a year.  The City Council approved the sick leave ordinance Tuesday night by a vote of eight to one.


Tacoma adopts paid sick leave ordinance

Sky Valley Chronicle | 01.28.15 || The Tacoma City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to adopt a new paid sick leave law. Starting next year businesses will have to provide employees who work in the city at least three days of paid sick leave.


Tacoma sick leave law passes

Tacoma News Tribune | 01.27.15 || Businesses will have to provide employees who work in Tacoma at least three days of paid sick leave beginning next year. The Tacoma City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to adopt the sick leave law after more than five hours of sometimes rancorous debate.


Tacoma City Council votes to require businesses to provide paid sick days

Q13 FOX | 01.27.15 || The City Council approved, 8-1, a proposal requiring Tacoma businesses to offer employees paid sick leave each year. Councilman David Boe cast the lone no vote. Under the plan, an employee can earn one hour of sick time for every 40 hours of work. This would guarantee a minimum of three paid sick days each year.

Tacoma sick leave policy could see council vote Tuesday 

The News Tribune | 01.25.15 || The Tacoma City Council is poised to vote Tuesday (Jan. 27) on a policy that would require all Tacoma businesses to provide at least three days of paid sick leave to all employees.


Tacoma Council moves forward on paid sick leave

Business Examiner | 12.17.14 || Last night, the Tacoma City Council chose to push forward on mandatory paid sick leave with a vote of 8-0. The final reading will take place Jan. 27. The ordinance would require businesses to give workers at least three days of paid sick leave a year, accrued at the rate of one hour per 40 hours worked.


Paid sick leave discussion heats up in Tacoma |

KING 5 News | 12.9.14 || Seattle already has a paid sick leave law, and now Tacoma could be next. Mayor Marilyn Strickland presented her paid sick leave proposal to city council Tuesday afternoon. No decisions have been made, but the objective of Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting was for the city council to see and hear what the mayor was proposing and discuss if it’s the best plan for Tacoma..


Tacoma considers sick leave ordinance

KING 5 | 9.12.2013 || A proposal to require paid sick leave for all Tacoma small business employees was the focus of a town hall meeting Thursday night. A group of more than 30 community organizations, unions and business owners organized under the name “Healthy Tacoma” aim to gain support for a proposed city ordinance that would make paid leave mandatory.


Por una ciudad saludable y productiva: Grupo inicia campaña para que Tacoma tenga “sick pay”

LaRaza NW| 6.7.2013 || Un grupo formado por trabajadores, líderes de sindicatos y religiosos se están uniendo para que Tacoma se vuelva otra ciudad más donde los negocios paguen a sus trabajadores por los días que se reportan enfermos.


Advocates Call for Paid Sick Leave

Tacoma Weekly | 6.5.2013 || Hoping to follow the lead of Seattle and a handful of other cities across the nation, the Healthy Tacoma coalition launched a campaign to require that businesses in the city provide paid sick leave for their employees.


Group launches campaign for paid sick leave in Tacoma

Real Change | 6.5.2013 || Hoping to follow the lead of Seattle and a handful of other cities across the nation, the Healthy Tacoma coalition launched a campaign to require that businesses in the city provide paid sick leave for their employees.


Move to offer paid sick leave for Tacoma small business employees

King 5 | 5.30.2013 || Following Seattle’s lead, there’s a move to get the city of Tacoma to require paid sick leave for all small business employees. A group of more than 30 community organizations, unions and business owners calling themselves “Healthy Tacoma” want city council members to make paid leave mandatory.


‘Healthy Tacoma’ seeks to create sick leave law

Q13 Fox | 5.30.2013 || Last year, the city of Seattle passed an ordinance mandating that any employee — full- or part-time — who worked within city limits be provided paid sick leave. Now, a group of activists in Tacoma is looking to create a similar ordinance for an estimated 40,000 workers in the area, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.


Paid Sick Days Next for Tacoma?

WA News Service | 5.30.2013 || Another Washington city is adding its name to a growing national list of those considering a paid sick day policy for all workers. Organizers in Tacoma say they’ve been working on their prospective new ordinance behind the scenes since 2009 and now are ready to launch it. It would allow workers to accrue hours of paid sick leave that can be used to get well or care for a family member.


Tacoma eyes sick leave

Crosscut | 5.30.2013 || At a rally this evening in Tacoma, a coalition of workers, faith leaders and at least four Tacoma City Council members will kick off an effort to require employers there to provide paid sick leave. The News Tribune reports the plan, which is still under development, will be modeled generally after ordinances passed in Seattle and other Western cities. Businesses are already voicing concern. Maybe Seattle businesses should step up to reassure them.


Group seeks sick leave for all who work in Tacoma

Bellingham Herald | 5.30.2013 || Alma Gutierrez recalls the days she trudged in sick to her waitress job at a Mexican restaurant in Lakewood — coughing, sneezing or sometimes worse. “I felt a sharp pain in my right side, and one night after I finished my shift, my gall bladder exploded,” she said. “I had to have emergency surgery that night.”


Tacoma group pushes paid sick leave ordinance

KPLU | 5.30.2013 || Healthy Tacoma is a coalition of nonprofits, labor unions, and religious groups pushing to get the sick-leave ordinance passed. They say about 40,000 workers in Tacoma can’t take a paid day off work when they or a family member is sick. Many of those people work in food service, increasing the chance that they’ll spread the illness to others.


Tacoma Paid Sick Days kickoff is Thursday

The Stand | 5.29.2013 || Right now, two out of every five workers in Tacoma lack the ability to take time off work to care for their own or their families’ health needs or to get a protection order if they are in a domestic violence situation. They either go to work sick or lose pay — jeopardizing public health, economic security, child and senior well-being, and community and business prosperity.


Push for Paid Sick Days in Tacoma: For Public Health and Business

WA News Service | April 8, 2010 || A citizens coalition is working to push the City of Tacoma to become the fourth in the nation to adopt a paid sick day law. The Healthy Tacoma Coalition will hold a roundtable meeting today to hear from the community and to discuss what they say are the benefits to public health and business of allowing workers in all businesses to earn paid time off in the event of illness.

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