DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – Denver voters will soon get the chance to decide if businesses should be required to give employees paid sick days.

A group for sick days collected enough signatures to put the initiative on the ballot.

They say people who work in the food industry would benefit most.

They could take time off instead of working sick or giving up pay.

“This is exactly the thing we need to insure that workers have secure jobs and aren’t losing their job just because they or a family member is sick,” supporter Erin Bennett said.

On the other hand, some small businesses say being forced to pay sick days will make it hard to pay the bills.

Voters will see the initiative on the November municipal ballot.

Comments (2)
  1. Jim Freilinger says:

    This needs to be State Wide- not just Denver. Prices to consumers will go up and that would give Denver Restaurants a disadvantage for sure!

  2. Thomas Maddox says:

    Yes, the Social Democrat welfare state model worked so well in Europe, didn’t it? It would also be used for other than the sick employee.Let’s see. Will this proposal help to create jobs in Denver? Or will it create additional layoffs, beginning with the “sickest” workers first.
    Dopes. While you are at it, raise the minimum wage to $15., require employer funded health insurance, and, oh yes, paid maternity leave. It will be a worker’s paradise with no employers and no workers.
    Sounds like a great opportunity to downgrade folks to part-time

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