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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Newark may mandate that businesses give employees paid sick time. City officials announced Tuesday that they will introduce legislation allowing workers to earn 3 to 5 sick days per year. The announcement came one day after Jersey City's mayor signed similar legislation into law.

The Newark proposal would allow full and part-time workers in businesses with 10 or more employees to earn up to 5 sick days, while those in firms with less than 9 employees could earn up to 3 sick days.

Like the Jersey City law, employees would earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.

The Newark legislation mandates that all food service, child and nursing care workers be eligible for 5 paid sick days, regardless of a company's size.

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