Moving ahead quickly, the City Council on Wednesday passed the Earned Sick Time Act, the new, more comprehensive bill mandating paid days off for employees of all but the tiniest companies here. It will take effect April 1.
Last week we expressed our ambivalence about the bill — we believe in such protections for workers but recognize they come at a price for employers.
We recommended that the measure be delayed, maybe until July 1, if only because so many small businesses lost revenue because of this winter’s harsh weather. Well, the very next day it was reported that the smallest businesses affected, those with five to 19 employees, will get a six-month grace period. Sure, the timing was just a coincidence. But it was one we were glad to see.