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Sick leave decision expected Thursday

A Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Thursday morning will publish its decision on the case challenging Milwaukee’s sick leave law.

The case is over a city of Milwaukee law that, if enacted, would require workers get at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in Milwaukee.

Companies with fewer than 10 workers must offer at least five sick days, and larger companies must let employees accrue at least nine days.

The law, although approved through referendum in November 2008, has not taken effect because of a lawsuit filed last year by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

The association’s lawsuit was successful in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, but the case was appealed in July 2009 by sick leave advocacy organization 9to5, National Association of Working Women.

Attorneys for both sides made their oral arguments to the court on Jan. 20, and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District Four is to publish its decision in the case on Thursday morning, according to the court clerk.

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