Early this week, the Portland Maine City Council rejected a proposed ordinance to mandate paid sick leave for all employees instead endorsing the idea of one statewide paid leave standard. By a vote of 5-4 on Monday evening, the Council put to bed any further consideration of a local mandate and instead is working with the state on the pending approval of a compromise bill negotiated by Governor Janet Mills. The state bill will allow workers in businesses with 10 or more employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid time off per year at the rate of 1 hour earned for every 40 hours worked and that time could then be used for reasons other than only illness. Conversely, the Portland proposal, which would have covered businesses with 5 or more workers, accrued at a rate of 1 hour earned for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 40 hours, but those hours were limited to illness or care for a family member. The state compromise legislation, which was given preliminary approval in the state senate on Tuesday, preempts all municipalities from adopting their own local paid leave ordinance, a provision some advocates are trying to amend out of the compromise.