Makini Howell, chef-owner of three Seattle restaurants, voluntarily provided paid sick leave to her 30 employees, and said the positive impact on morale and turnover outweighs the costs.
When Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed that city’s paid sick leave ordinance into law in 2011, the setting was Makini Howell’s Plum Bistro. Howell, chef-owner of three vegan restaurants in Seattle — the other two are Plum Cafe and Plum Market — was an outspoken supporter of the initiative. Seattle’s law, which requires businesses with five to 49 employees to provide a minimum of five paid sick days per year and businesses with more workers to offer nine ...
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