NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than 1,400 volunteers at 150 subway stops were spreading the word Wednesday that New York City’s paid sick leave law is about to kick in.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, Mayor Bill de Blasio, wearing a yellow T-shirt emblazoned with the words “PAID SICK LEAVE,” handed out pamphlets and called the law, which takes effect July 30, “historic.”

“This law finally gives people the rights that so many others have enjoyed, to be able to take that time to get well — not spread the sickness, not share the sickness with your coworkers and your customers,” de Blasio told commuters at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway station.

Straphangers took the printed materials and shook hands and posed for selfies with the mayor, who hopped on a train afterward.

Under the new law, any business employing five or more workers must offer five days of paid sick leave each year. Businesses with four or fewer employees must offer five days of unpaid leave.

The sick leave also can be used if a worker is caring for a sick child or parent, de Blasio said.

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