City Council approves bill requiring paid sick days; Bloomberg warns of unintended consequence

Posted at 10:24 PM, May 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-08 23:08:12-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – The City Council overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require businesses with more than 20 employees to provide 5 paid sick days starting next year.

“Over a million workers will not have to worry about losing their jobs if they call in sick,” said Christine Quinn.

For 3 years she declined to bring the proposal to a vote, but Wednesday Council Speaker Christine Quinn celebrated the passing of the paid sick leave bill.

The law, set to go into effect next April, will require businesses with 20 or more employees to provide workers with 5 paid sick days.  That number drops to 15 employees in 20-15.

But Mayor Bloomberg says if the bill withstands his veto it could put many people out of work.


“What is really true here is that an awful lot of people who need jobs are not going to have jobs.”

The Mayor says most small businesses can’t afford the added expense and many will try to avoid the additional cost at the expense of their employees.

“Some companies are just going to lay off a person or two to get below the limit, or they’ll go out of business.”

But with today’s measure passing by a vote of 45-3 City Council is expected to have enough votes to override the Mayor’s veto.
Which means employees should soon be able to celebrate their sick leave.

Now the bill will also prevent business owners with fewer employees from laying off workers who use 5 sick days.  Those workers just won’t be paid for their time off.