Paid Sick Leave: We Have a Deal

Friday, March 29, 2013

Speaker Quinn announcing a compromise deal on paid sick leave legislation. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

The City Council has struck a deal on controversial paid sick leave legislation. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who had long blocked the deal, reached a compromise Thursday night with supporters of a bill. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and business coalitions are opposed paid sick leave, but the plan is expected to pass with a veto-proof majority. Linda Baran, president and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce talks about why she's opposed to the deal and Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party on why he is praising the deal.

What's In the Paid Sick Leave Compromise?

  • Businesses with 20 or more employees would have to start giving their workers five paid sick days a year beginning in April 2014 
  • The rule would eventually apply to businesses with 15 or more workers by October 2015
  • All employees would have to be employed for at least four months to be eligible, including part-time workers. Seasonal workers and work study students would not be eligible
  • The sick-leave requirement would not be implemented next year if city’s economy significantly slows down, as measured by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

More details and analysis from the WNYC newsroom here.

We'll hear live excerpts from the announcement at City Hall, speak with opponents and supporters, and take your calls. Are you a business owner, or employee? What do you think of the compromise? Call 212-433-9692.


Linda Baran and Dan Cantor

Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

I hope WNYC reporters will follow up on Aaron's call on the home improvement industry, both the auditor's refusal to even look at his books because nobody in the industry keeps honest books & his own statement that it's impossible to run a home improvement business obeying all the laws.

Mar. 29 2013 12:45 PM
Mary from UWS

I have been hearing about this morning all morning, and not once have I heard how tipped employees are going to be affected. Restaurant servers rely on tips, not their wages which is $2.13 per hour, so an 8 hour shift is only $17.04 gross. As someone who waited tables on and off through much of my adult life, a bigger concern is being forced to work when you are sick. In most restaurants, it is up to you to get your shift covered, which is very difficult to do at the last minute when you wake up sick. On more than one occasion I have been forced to come in or lose my job. I certainly didn't want to be waiting on people, serving food with strep throat or a high fever, but I couldn't afford to lose my job. If they are able to enforce this bill, restaurant owners will no longer be able to force sick employees to come to work and therefore it is a boon to public health and safety.

Mar. 29 2013 10:25 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"The sick-leave requirement would not be implemented next year if city’s economy significantly slows down, as measured by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York."

LOL, a tacit admission that this scheme indeed inhibits growth, hurts business and is sustainable only in flush times when our self-righteous, lefty city council thinks it can get away with picking your pocket (and "only" business owners will be hurt.) These people should all go out and get a (real) job.

Another fumbling step toward our nightmarish dystopia.

Mar. 29 2013 09:44 AM

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