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Mayor to veto sick days bill

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:25 am, Thu May 23, 2013.

The bill mandating that companies in the city with more than 15 employees eventually provide paid sick leave is awaiting a promised mayoral veto — and an expected override of that veto by the City Council.

The bill passed last Wednesday 45-3, more than enough to nullify the veto promised by Mayor Bloomberg, if members stick to their positions.

The bill is set to take effect next April 1. At that point it will require companies with 20 or more workers to provide five paid sick days a year. Then on Oct. 1, 2015, the law will be extended to firms with 15 or more employees.

The bill includes a provision, however, that says it will not go into effect if the city’s economy worsens, as measured by the Federal Reserve.

Advocates say the law is necessary to promote the health of working people and prevent the spread of germs like the flu. Opponents say it is an undue burden on businesses at a time when the economy remains shaky, and raises the cost of hiring people.

— Peter C. Mastrosimone

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