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Deal reached to mandate paid sick leave in NYC

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You don’t have to worry about losing a day’s pay if you have to take a sick day.  That’s the thrust of a new law being unveiled Friday that’s aimed at helping those who work at small businesses.

Word of a deal comes after recent rallies and a push for paid sick leave from not only advocates but also some candidates for mayor.  Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the deal between legislators, labor advocates, and business leaders in a statement Thursday night after taking a lot of heat for declining to bring the matter to a vote for nearly 3 years.  She and small business owners maintained they would be hurt financially by the law requiring them to provide paid sick days to employees.

The law would require businesses with 20 or more workers to provide the 5 sick days with no questions asked to their workers beginning April 1st of 2014.  Businesses with 15 or more employees would have until October of 2015 to give their workers paid sick days. Businesses not required to provide paid sick time must still give their workers unpaid sick leave.

While some small businesses oppose the idea others say they support  the plan.  In the past pro-business mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he would veto such legislation but the council says they have the votes to override a veto.

A formal announcement was scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in the Red Room at City Hall.