Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Working Families Task Force released a report Sunday, recommending that employers in the city provide their workers with a minimum of five earned paid sick days per year.
"It is unacceptable that more than 200,000 workers in Chicago cannot take a sick day without worrying about losing their job or being unable to pay their bills," reads a statement from Emanuel about the task force's recommendations. "This task force report provides the city with a road map for ensuring that our working families receive this important protection."
The mayor's task force was formed last year to examine several worker issues, including paid sick leave.
The task force's formation came after Chicago voters overwhelmingly approved a non-binding ballot question in February 2015, asking whether private employers in the city should be required to offer paid sick leave to their employees "in the event of a personal or family illness, an incident of domestic or sexual violence, or a school or building closure due to a public health emergency."
Under the task force's recommended paid sick leave policy, employers could see labor costs increase between .7 percent to 1.5 percent.
The paid sick time proposal has drawn opposition from business groups such as the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.