Paid sick leave case study: Plum Bistro

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When Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed that city’s paid sick leave ordinance into law in 2011, the setting was Makini Howell’s Plum Bistro.

Howell, chef-owner of three vegan restaurants in Seattle — the other two are Plum Cafe and Plum Market — was an outspoken supporter of the initiative. Seattle’s law, which requires businesses with five to 49 employees to provide a minimum of five paid sick days per year and businesses with more workers to offe

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