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Paid Sick Leave Has Ample Support in City Council

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Should New York go the way of San Francisco and Washington DC: cities that require employers to provide paid sick leave? A City Council committee is weighing that question. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: In hearings Tuesday, most council members sounded sympathetic to the labor groups advocating for paid sick leave. But not Daniel Halloran, a freshman member from Flushing, who said most small businesses operate on a five percent margin, and can't afford any added costs.

HALLORAN: I'd just like to know if any of you studied that before you made your tremendous pronouncements here about how this is not gonna have an effect on small businesses.

REPORTER: Sherry Leiwant from the group "A Better Balance" took that one. She estimates paid sick leave would cost many businesses as little as eight cents an hour extra.

LEIWANT: I understand that's not nothing but on the other hand, it's not a lot.

REPORTER: The bill already has enough support to pass the council, and override a veto. The Mayor hasn't yet taken a position. For WNYC, I'm Ilya Marritz.

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