EUGENE, Ore. — Businesses in Eugene could soon be required to provide paid sick leave for employees.
City councilors approved a motion to get an ordinance drafted passed with a vote of six to two Wednesday afternoon.
The meeting started with the sick leave task force presenting its final report.
Councilors then went back and forth, talking about protecting workers and the health of the community and the negative impact it could have on small businesses and other municipalities.
Some councilors say the decision to move forward was already made before Wednesday’s meeting even began.
“The only debate we’re going to have is how much damage the council majority is going to inflict on the people of our community by force,” said Mike Clark, Eugene City Councilor.
One local worker likes the idea of requiring businesses to provide sick leave, but expressed concerns over possible abuse of the plan.
“I think it’s a good idea, but regulations are needed so people don’t take advantage of it,” said Morgan Termberge, who works at a locally owned small business.
An ordinance could be ready for a public hearing on July 21, and council could vote on it come July 28 with it taking effect as early as July 2015.