Virginia Senate panel kills paid sick leave COVID-19 bill
RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia Senate committee has killed legislation that would have required employers to provide up to two weeks of paid sick leave for workers who have to quarantine because of COVID-19.
The vote by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee effectively closes the possibility of passing a sick leave requirement during a special legislative session called in part to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The same committee killed a similar bill earlier in the session.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that only Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, voted against the motion to kill the bill.
Business groups said small businesses are already facing pandemic-related financial burdens and restrictions on their operations.
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