Jennifer Piallat, owner of Zazie Restaurant in San Francisco, initially opposed a bill proposed that would require businesses in the city to offer paid sick days to employees.
“I thought it was going to become paid hangover days,” she quipped, adding that she estimated it would also cost her $30,000 a year, a big hit to her bottom line.
But nearly four years since the law was first adopted Piallat is pleasantly surprised.
“We’ve not had people taking advantage of it at all,” she said, referring to her 32 employees. And the program has actually cost her less than $2,000 a year.
San Francisco and Washington, D.C., are two cities that have mandated businesses offer paid sick days to workers, and the two towns are often used as examples of how the requirement has been effective with little impact on businesses. But can it work on a state or national level?
Connecticut became the first state in the nation to adopt mandatory paid sick days for employees throughout the state, and it could have a ripple effect on the rest of the country.
Read more from MSNBC: Can a paid sick leave plan go national? »