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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito rolled out their first legislative push this afternoon, announcing a bill that will extend mandatory paid sick leave coverage to an additional half-million New Yorkers later this year.
The effort resurrects the original version of a bill that was bottled up for three years by former Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and would force businesses with five or more employees to provide their workers five paid days of leave each year, beginning April 1.
Let's Make a Deal
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito both strode into office this month vowing a new era of collaboration and transparency, but the tactics surrounding their first legislative effort have some council members privately scoffing.
The pair is set to announce a deal this afternoon to dramatically expand mandatory paid sick leave—one of Mr. de Blasio’s key campaign promises.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are teaming up tomorrow to announce a new, expanded paid sick leave plan that will cover far more workers than the version passed last year, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.
The announcement will take place tomorrow afternoon at Esmeralda’s Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The owner of the restaurant, Esmeralda Valencia, has been a longtime member of the paid sick leave campaign’s coalition.
Kelli Conlin, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York is out today with a statement endorsing the Paid-Sick Leave now before the City Council.
“All women juggling work and family responsibilities have a stake in the debate over paid sick days, but it’s acutely important for pregnant women in low-wage sectors who are sometimes forced Read More
Council speaker Christine Quinn was asked at the city council’s monthly stated meeting press conference about yesterday’s report on the impacts that the Paid Sick Leave bill would have on local businesses.
Unsurprisingly, Quinn demurred.
I will be taking a position on the paid sick leave issue and legislation in the very near Read More
A bill requiring employers to offer paid sick leave is perhaps the top legislative issue for a large chunk of the City Council. The more liberal council members, including Gale Brewer, and groups such as the Working Families Party have been pushing for a vote since last year (the bill has a veto-proof Read More