NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a significant expansion of a law that requires employers to give workers paid sick days.
De Blasio unveiled the deal with newly elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other council members on Friday.
The mayor is calling for businesses with five or more employees to provide five sick days, which would help more than 300,000 additional New Yorkers.
“What we are putting forward today will fundamentally improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of working New Yorkers — especially families struggling just to get by,” de Blasio said. “Beginning this year, getting sick will no longer mean losing a day’s pay, or potentially a job, in the city of New York.”
Under the current law, which was enacted in June, employees of businesses with 20 or more workers would get up to five paid sick days a year beginning in April 2014.