Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Bloomberg Says Paid Sick Leave Could Hurt Economy
Friday, October 08, 2010
Paid sick leave could hurt the city's economic health. That's Mayor Michael Bloomberg's position, and he says he would veto a bill that would force businesses to provide sick days to employees.
The mayor had previously suggested he's open to the idea. But speaking on WOR Friday, Bloomberg said he's become convinced that making paid sick leave the law would endanger the economic recovery.
"The economy is fragile, and we are doing better than the rest of the country, but you want to turn us around and get us off the top, this is a sure ways to do it," Bloomberg said.
Many white-collar employees already give paid sick days, but low-wage industries and many smaller businesses do not. The author of the paid sick leave bill says she's open to re-writes that would make the measure more palatable to businesses.