Brushing aside concerns about the speed of the legislation and the limits of its own authority, Pittsburgh City Council overwhelmingly approved a law Monday that will require all employers within the city borders to provide paid sick leave, part of a nationwide push to extend the benefit to millions who lack it.

Council members and supporters, including Pittsburgh United, a coalition of unions, community organizations and advocacy groups, heralded the law as a just, common-sense measure. They say it will, at a minimal cost to employers, prevent an estimated 50,000 workers in the city who lack paid sick leave from having to choose between going work ill or sending their child to school sick and losing a day’s pay.

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