March 30, 2010

Maine sick leave proposal killed

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — A weakened bill that would have required Maine employers to offer paid sick leave is dead.

Senate President Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell proposed the sick leave requirement as swine flu was reaching a peak.

The Vassalboro Democrat later scaled back her proposal to prohibit Maine employers from firing workers who take paid or unpaid sick days.

The bill, which encountered opposition from business groups, was killed in the House on Monday.

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