Paid Sick Leave
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.
Malloy praised Connecticut lawmakers early Thursday for stepping up and working to help him address the state’s budget crisis. He also warned there is more work to be done, calling for a special session.
The House of Representatives is discussing legislation that would make Connecticut the first state in the nation to require certain employers to offer their employees paid sick time.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has told businesses he will support legislation requiring paid sick leave for employees, which many companies oppose.
The mayor called the bill, “a terrible terrible idea and would be disastrous for New York City.”