JERSEY CITY - The Jersey City City Council has passed a law that would require small businesses to offer paid sick days to employees.

The ordinance affects businesses with fewer than 10 employees, and would require the business owner to offer three earned sick days per year.

The law also means businesses with 10 or more employees must offer 5 paid sick days per year. Also, workers in positions that impact public health, such as food service or child care, can earn five paid sick days regardless of the size of the business.

The law is expected to go into effect later this autumn