JERSEY CITY - Lawmakers in Jersey City are considering an ordinance that would make the city the first in the state to require businesses to provide paid sick days to workers.

Businesses with 10 or more employees are affected by the bill expected to be voted on by the city council. Workers would earn sick time based on hours worked.

Workers rights advocates joined Mayor Steven Fulop on the steps of City Hall in support of the ordinance.

"There's an opportunity here for Jersey City to do something really special and hopefully it's replicated throughout the state," Fulop says.

The bill is patterned after similar laws in New York and San Francisco.

If the ordinance passes at a vote expected Wednesday, a yearlong study will be conducted to monitor the impact on Jersey City businesses.