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Locals React to Paid Leave Proposal

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SALISBURY, Md. -- A new executive order signed by President Barack Obama ordering federal agencies to allow more paid time off could soon be extended to more than 43 million workers across the country, including those on Delmarva.

The President is urging Congress to pass a Healthy Families Act which would allow Americans to earn up to seven paid sick days a year.

Some local employees in Wicomico County said they are for the idea, while some businesses were a little more cautious to share their enthusiasm.

Business managers including those from About Faces Day Spa and the Market Street Inn bar and restaurant in Salisbury shared the potential setbacks it could mean for the business however beneficial to the employees.

Crystal Miles, one of the managers at About Faces, said one concern is finance.

"From a manager's stand point the only issue that I really see is there would be some type of financial loss that the company would incur," said Miles referring to where the company would find the money to support the time off.

Miles said About Faces employees already have the benefit of paid sick leave and vacation.

Andrew J. Cupp helps manage the Market Street Inn that currently employs more than 50 workers.

Cupp said many of the employees struggle to survive off tips they make and an opportunity for more paid time off would be beneficial, but he said it does raise financial concerns for the restaurant.

"It's a double-edged sword because in a corporate setting they're more prepared for things like that," said Cupp.

"As far as local businesses are concerned it would take more of a hit. There are places around here kind of scraping by as it is because of the economy," said the manager.

The memo signed by the President Thursday applies to federal employees who are now eligible to take up to six weeks of paid sick leave to care of a new child or sick family member.

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