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Breakthrough in Effort for Paid Sick Leave in NYC

In January, we blogged in support of the New York City Paid Sick Days Act. This proposed legislation moved much closer to reality yesterday:

A legislative compromise reached on Thursday night represents a raw display of political muscle by a coalition of labor unions and liberal activists who overcame fierce objections from New York’s business-minded mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, and his allies in the corporate world.

Bloomberg will reportedly veto the measure, but City Council now has enough votes to overcome that.

Several large West Coast cities have already passed similar laws. New York’s would be weaker than the regulations in San Francisco and Portland, but the law would still be a leap forward for workers’ rights:

The legislation would eventually force companies with at least 15 employees to give full-time workers five compensated days off a year when they are ill, a requirement that advocates said would allow much of the city’s labor force to stay home from work without fear of losing a day’s wage — or worse, a job.

Much of the coverage focused on Council Speaker—and mayoral hopeful—Christine Quinn’s longstanding resistance to the bill, which has finally been overcome.

The Harman Firm looks forward to the final passage of the legislation, which should boost the health of employees (and their coworkers) who are no longer forced to work while sick, whether by economic need or employer demand. Contact us with any questions about employment regulations.

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