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Maine Republicans Propose Compromise on Paid Sick Leave

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Maine Republicans are trying to gain support for their paid sick leave proposal following a party-line committee vote.

Republicans on the Legislature's labor and housing committee plan to discuss the minority proposal Tuesday.

Democrats, buoyed by legislative wins, say they've offered compromises such as excluding seasonal employees. Supporters say if lawmakers don't act, the matter could go to voters.

Democrats want to allow employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employers could cap usage to 40 hours annually.

A Senate spokeswoman said Republicans believe the rate should be one hour for every 50 hours worked for a total of about 40 hours per year.

Republicans also prefer to allow workers to start using paid time off after 150 days. Democrats proposed 90 days.

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