Businesses lobbied hard against the legislation, and it was scaled back. It won't apply to manufacturing, temporary workers or independent contractors. Still, lawmakers like state Rep. John Rigby (R) say it will burden restaurants and other businesses that are already struggling in a tough economy.
"They're going to have to shed jobs," Rigby says. "They're going to have to let people go. They're going to have to make a decision about whether to open the next brew pub in Connecticut or in Massachusetts or Rhode Island — states that are considered more business-friendly than our state."
Those same dire predictions have been made before, when San Francisco and Washington, D.C., mandated paid sick days a few years back. But Ellen Bravo of the nonprofit Family Values at Work says it didn't happen.
"Not at all," she says. "In San Francisco, where they've now had it four years, studies have shown not just that it hasn't hurt productivity or profitability, but two-thirds of employers now support the law."