Nutter Seeks Compromise on Sick Leave

Says his position not far from Council bill.

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Mayor Nutter says he’s seeking compromise with City Council on a bill that would require Philly businesses to offer paid sick leave to employees.

Nutter has vetoed two previous bills on the matter, but says he’s ready to approve one. But not quite on the terms being offered by Councilman Bill Greenlee, the bill’s sponsor.

KYW reports:

Nutter has finally come around to the idea after vetoing two earlier attempts by Greenlee. But the councilman’s proposal differs from the mayor’s sick leave task force in one key respect: the task force recommended that mandatory sick leave be required for businesses with 15 or more workers, but Greenlee sets the threshold at ten workers.

Nutter predicts a compromise: “Not a huge difference there. Both of us have made the commitment that we’ll continue to talk with each other about this and try — before we get to the point of a hearing — certainly our goal is to have some agreement in that regard.”

The bill lets workers accumulate up to five days of paid sick leave per year.