Paid Sick Leave
But as expected, the bill is getting push back from small businesses.
Labor and trade associations spoke in favor of the bill, arguing that low-wage workers face economic hardships when they take off from work due to sickness but do not get paid.
The paid sick leave law, which went into effect on April 1, covers employees who work more than 80 hours during a calendar year in New York City.
Under the new law, any business employing five or more workers must offer five days of paid sick leave each year.
New York City’s first Democratic mayor in a generation reflected on his first 100 days in office, largely downplaying middling poll numbers.
Workers at businesses with five or more employees who are hired to work more than 80 hours a calendar year will now be able to accrue up to five paid sick days per year under the new provision.
Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.
The bill expands mandatory paid sick time coverage to businesses that employ five or more people. Once signed, the law will take effect April first.
New York’s Assembly has passed a series of bills intended to provide affordable child care, increase funding for child care subsidies and establish paid leave for medical emergencies, the birth or adoption of a child or to take care of a sick relative.
The new bill has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio. It will give the right to have paid sick days to 355,000 workers.
The proposal is expected to require that businesses with five or more employees provide the five sick days.
More than 1 million workers in New York City will now get paid sick leave. The City Council passed a bill Wednesday over the strong objections of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who fears it could hurt small businesses.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and others are expected to reveal more information Friday about deal that was reached over paid sick leave.
San Francisco passed a paid sick leave measure. So did the state of Connecticut. It’s still on the table in the city of New York. Those pushing for it in New York spoke out at City Hall on Friday.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio sharply criticized City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for unfairly preventing the Paid Sick Leave bill from going up for a vote.