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Sick leave is business of business, not cities

September 29, 2013 J

City-mandated paid sick leave would leave Tacoma healthier, wealthier and wiser — without costing anyone a dime. So suggest the idea’s champions.

As the adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

The City Council, which has been contemplating such a mandate for Tacoma’s employers, shouldn’t take the idea any further. The practical issues can be debated either way; the bigger question is whether a high-tax city ought to be micromanaging the personnel policies of its businesses, particularly when many of them can shift their operations outside city limits.

Tacoma, if it mandated paid sick leave, would follow Seattle, San Francisco

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