LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — California will require most employers to provide millions of workers with up to three sickdays each year.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday in Los Angeles mandating the paid leave that supporters say will guarantee that workers don’t lose their jobs — or their paychecks — if they or a family member gets sick.

Brown told reporters at a downtown news conference that the law is “the least we can do” with a growing income gap dividing America.

Supporters say as many as 6.5 million workers — including temporary and part-time employees — will benefit from the law that becomes effective in July.

The National Federation of Independent Business in California says the law will kill any plans small employers have to expand their businesses.

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