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In the last two years, Arizona, Rhode Island and the three biggest U.S. cities – New York, Los Angeles and Chicago – have passed laws that let workers use sick days to care for anyone who's like family to them.To some business interests, such laws put bosses in the awkward position of figuring out who's the "equivalent" of family. A 1994 law extended the "equivalent" definition to federal workers' sick time, and a 2015 presidential order did the same for many federal contractors. The more recent state and local measures cover an estimated 10 million private-sector and government workers, says Wendy Chun-Hoon of Family Values at Work, a paid sick leave advocacy group.Wil Darcangelo's chosen family is one he never envisioned when he moved into a studio at a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, home five years ago in exchange for carpentry work."Who gets to decide who's the 'equivalent of family?'" asks Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow in economics at the Brookings Institution think tank. He suggests simply letting workers use sick time to care for themselves or "another".
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