Some small-business owners in Portland, Ore., and New York City support laws that would require them to provide paid sick leave, saying they already provide some accommodation for sick workers. But others oppose the measures, citing costs, paperwork and unnecessary government interference. Portland's new regulation, which will go into effect in January, will require businesses with six or more employees to offer paid sick leave. Meanwhile, New York City's bill, which would require paid leave for companies with at least 20 workers, might come to a vote in the coming weeks.

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