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Shannon Henderson, gets her son, Justin, 1, dressed before leaving home for her job as a part-time customer service representative at Wal-Mart in Sacramento, Calif. Henderson is one of an estimated 40 million American workers for who calling in sick is a luxury. If they don’t work, they don’t get paid. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
Shannon Henderson, gets her son, Justin, 1, dressed before leaving home for her job as a part-time customer service representative at Wal-Mart in Sacramento, Calif. Henderson is one of an estimated 40 million American workers for who calling in sick is a luxury. If they don’t work, they don’t get paid. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
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Supporters of the paid sick leave law, including Massachusetts' Attorney General Maura Healey, gathered in Downtown Crossing Tuesday morning to celebrate.

"I'm just so happy that, tomorrow, in this state, you'll be able to get up and go to work and start taking care of yourself, your children and your parents and others," said Healey.

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Jack Lepiarz, WBUR reporter. He tweets @Lepiarz.

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WBUR: State’s Earned Sick Time Law Set To Go Into Effect

  • "Backers of the state’s earned sick time law — which voters easily approved in the fall, and which takes effect Wednesday — rallied Tuesday, saying the new law will extend benefits to nearly 1 million workers."

This segment aired on June 30, 2015.

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