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Many lack paid sick time

With a ballot question looming in November that would require companies with 10 or more employees to provide paid sick time to their workers, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center Monday released a study breaking down the percentage of workers without paid sick time in different areas of the state. Communities with higher percentages of low-paid workers, such as Chelsea, Fall River, and Greenfield, have higher percentages of workers without paid sick time than more affluent communities such as Belmont, Winchester, or Acton. Noah Berger, president of the center, said the study showed that paid sick time “is a serious problem for a lot of families in Massachusetts. There are variations, but there are low- and moderate-income people in just about every city and town in the Commonwealth.”

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