A bill to provide all California workers with at least some paid sick leave has passed its first test.
Legislation from Democrat Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez that would ensure at least three days of leave per year has made it out of a committee on a party-line vote.
"The need for this both real and urgent. Today there are 6 million Californians who don't have the opportunity to earn even an hour of paid time off," she said.
And she says that forces them to choose between coming to work while ill or staying home and losing pay or losing their jobs.
Workers wouldn't be able to take sick time unless they've been employed for 90 days.
Critics say the mandate would be a job killer as businesses try to absorb the new costs.