Aside from minimum wage issues, mandated paid sick leave continues to make news as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who previously vetoed mandatory sick leave (twice!) has now signed on to the notion as his Chief of Staff informed the press. With that nod from the Mayor, the Committee on Public Health and Human Services unanimously approved an ordinance that will require Philadelphia employers to pay up to 5 sick days per year. Paid sick leave was passed by voters last fall in Massachusetts, but Senator Michael Rodrigues has filed favorable legislation to clarify the voter-mandated law. Rodrigues’ bill exempts top executives and interns from employee counts and requires state agencies to study the impact of the law. He would also allow employers to establish more stringent requirements for calling in sick and providing certification of an illness when the absence totals 12 days.