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Several studies have found the financial impact on local businesses to be minimal.

A year after Seattle passed an ordinance in 2011 requiring all employers with five or more employees to provide at least five paid sick days a year, researchers with the University of Washington began surveying employers.

According to a June press release, 44 major law firms will utilize the Mansfield rule, including two of the world’s largest firms by lawyer head count: Dentons and DLA Piper.

Law firms that implement the rule over the next year will be “Mansfield certified” and can participate in a 2018 client forum, which will pair in-house lawyers with attorneys who are women or people of color for business development opportunities.

“Other things that are good sellers are our fried catfish …

and pork chops,” said Hoover Alexander, who has owned the restaurant on Manor Road since 1998.

“I support employers providing paid sick leave for their employees, but it is not the role of government to mandate that employers do this," he said at a press conference Friday.

Starting in 2019, the city will publish annual reports on the economic impact the ordinance has had on businesses, plus the nature and frequency of violations.When asked to sum up their findings, associate professor Jennifer Romich said, “Employers knew about it, they did it and it wasn’t all that hard.” According to the study, 8.2 percent of employers raised prices to compensate for providing paid sick leave, while 6.4 percent of surveyed employers reported having to decrease bonus pay or raises.Seventeen percent of businesses thought the new rules made them less profitable.Austin City Council members voted early Friday to require all private employers in the city to provide employees at least six to eight days of paid sick leave, depending on the size of the company.The vote was 9 to 2, with Ora Houston and Ellen Troxclair voting no.

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