Sick Leave Bill “in the Talks”… For Real This Time…

Speaker of the City Council and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn decided to bring the sick leave bill to the forefront this week, and begin significant discussions on the bill which would mandate that businesses provide paid sick leave for their workers.

A couple of weeks ago, a counterfeit site proclaimed that Quinn said it was finally time to vote on the sick leave bill. That turned out to be a hoax, but this time, it’s real, at least according to the New York Times.

Well, it’s about time. It’s been three years.

Although the discussions of the bill are still shaky and uncertain, they are moving quickly. Quinn, who is against the passage of this bill, blocked a vote on it until now, possibly because much of the council disagrees with her.

If passed the bill would require that all businesses with at least five employees provide paid sick leave. According to the Times, Quinn’s office has been pushing for this bill to apply only to businesses with at least 20 or 30 workers.

Another mayoral candidate, current Public Advocate Bill de Blaiso, has expressed his support for the bill as it is, and has criticized Quinn’s actions regarding the bill.

“I ask Speaker Quinn to tear down this obstacle to economic justice,” said Thompson, according to the New York Post.

De Blasio said that modifying this bill to apply only to businesses with 20 or more employees would leave 384,000 city residents left to decide whether or not they will work while sick.

“The only thing that is worse for these New Yorkers than waiting for a bill is waiting three years for a watered down bill that will leave out huge numbers of New Yorkers,” he said to the Times.

I think its time the council discuss this bill and reach a decision. Blocking a vote on the bill until the time is right is simply counterproductive, for the time may never be right.

And now, after three long years, the council hopes to come up with a reasonable compromise this week!


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