- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia has a new law guaranteeing paid sick leave to thousands of workers who’ve never had it.

The bill signed Thursday by Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter provides an hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours of work. It applies to businesses with at least 10 employees.

Nutter says it will let workers take time off to recuperate, address family matters or seek preventive care.

Democratic Councilman William Greenlee says 200,000 Philadelphia residents don’t have paid sick leave. That’s 40 percent of the workforce in one of the biggest U.S. cities. Advocates say it includes restaurant workers along with single mothers, college students and people starting out in the workforce.

Nutter had twice before rejected similar bills. He says he was concerned about the economy at the time.

The law takes effect in 90 days.

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