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MMAC to file lawsuit against mandate this week

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) expects to file its lawsuit to stop a new sick leave mandate in the City of Milwaukee this week.

The Milwaukee Common Council voted last week to deny the legal claim from the MMAC against the new sick leave ordinance.

The MMAC is expected to file the suit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court to challenge the ordinance and seek an injunction to block the implementation of the law until the conclusion of the legal challenge.

Unless there is an injunction, the law will take effect Feb. 10. The law would require all employers in the City of Milwaukee to provide a minimum number of sick leave days per year for employees.

The sick leave law was not drafted or requested by the Common Council or Mayor Tom Barrett. The ordinance was approved in a Nov. 4 referendum by 68 percent of the voters. The referendum was placed on the ballot through the process of direct legislation that required a minimum of 25,600 voter signatures in support of the proposal. 9to5, a grassroots organization that advocates on behalf of working women, turned in an estimated 42,000 signatures.

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