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A bill authored by Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego will give workers three sick paid sick days. Photo credit: Wiki Commons

A bill authored by a San Diego legislator to provide three annual paid sick days to workers in California will be signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown is scheduled to sign AB 1522, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D- San Diego, at the state building in Los Angeles.

“This bill guarantees that millions of workers — from Eureka to San Diego — won’t lose their jobs or pay just because they get sick,” Brown said after the legislation passed the Assembly and Senate last month.

The governor said 40 percent of workers in the state don’t accrue paid sick leave. When the bill becomes law, California will become just the second state in the nation to have such a requirement, according to the governor’s office.

In San Diego, a new law that will raise the minimum wage to a level above the state standard provides five paid sick days.

Supporters say employees who do not receive paid leave have to come to work while ill, even in jobs that involve public contact or food preparation. Many workers also have to choose between going to work or caring for a sick loved one, they say.

Opponents are gathering signatures to overturn the San Diego ordinance, primarily because of the minimum wage increase.

— City News Service

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