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Sick Leave Ordinance Up for Debate

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EUGENE, Ore. — On Monday, the topic of mandatory sick leave will be up for discussion.

The Eugene City Council is scheduled to listen to public comment on a sick leave ordinance Monday night, but the Lane County board is holding an emergency meeting that morning in hopes of halting the decision.

The board believes the way the ordinance is drafted, it could hurt businesses in other parts of the county. The Eugene City Council says in its current form, the sick leave ordinance would require employers to provide workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work. They could accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave.

The City says it feels workers need this benefit, but commissioners say they think the City is overstepping its boundaries.

“It was felt that it was important to provide workers the ability to be sick and not have to suffer a repercussion for it,” says Eugene City Council Chair Chris Pryor.

“I’m not looking at it as a sick leave issue, I’m really look at it as a much larger issue than just sick leave itself,” says Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken.

The City Council’s public hearing on the ordinance takes place Monday at 7:30 p.m. There’s also a meeting scheduled for July 28 on the ordinance.

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