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New York Ambassador Bill de Blasio speaks during a account appointment at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx on Tuesday. (Reuters) (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) By Jeff Stein Jeff Stein Reporter for Wonkblog Email Bio Follow January 9 at 7:55 AM
New York Ambassador Bill de Blasio (D) will bare legislation Wednesday mandating two weeks of paid time off for workers in the city, a move that would agreement paid time off for an added 500,000 people.
The proposal, which would accept to win approval from the Burghal Council, would accomplish New York a avant-garde in activity law. No U.S. burghal or accompaniment requires paid time off for workers, while Puerto Rico does crave administration to pay for time off. The law would absolved firms with beneath than bristles advisers from the requirement.
At atomic 20 countries — including New Zealand, Ireland and Greece — authorization at atomic 10 canicule of paid vacation, authoritative the United States an outlier in not alms these benefits. Several states and cities accept adopted binding paid ailing leave back 2011 but not paid vacation.
De Blasio’s advance comes one day afterwards he appear an activity to agreement bloom affliction for all burghal residents, including undocumented immigrants, alliance $100 actor and a charge to extend bloom allowance to an added 600,000 New York residents.
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“More than 500,000 aggressive men and women should acquire paid claimed time back they accord to the success of their companies,” de Blasio said in an email. “Our city’s businesses will account from a added productive, convalescent workforce. By putting workers first, New York City’s abridgement has never been stronger.”
While the Burghal Council is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, the plan is acceptable to arouse activity from the city’s business community, which has already cried abhorrent over the mayor’s tax increases.
The legislation would extend paid leave to 200,000 workers in the auberge and aliment industries; 180,000 workers in “professional and business services” (such as cleaners, accounting workers and sales workers); and 90,000 workers in retail, according to the mayor’s office.
Companies would be appropriate to admission at atomic two weeks off for full-time workers and paid time off for part-time workers. It would accord advisers the adeptness to gradually accumulate paid time off amounting to 10 canicule over a year.
Republicans were quick to criticize the plan, arguing it would aching administration and workers.
“Everyone wants advisers to accept a fair bulk of vacation time, but one-size-fits-all government mandates tend to accomplish it harder to hire, abound businesses and actualize jobs,” said Michael Steel, a Republican accessible who served as an abettor to above House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). “This sounds like that’s what this would do.”
The Heritage Foundation, a bourgeois anticipate tank, has criticized binding paid ailing leave on agnate grounds, arguing such behavior aching workers and barter in allotment by banishment workers to awning for those who abusage the benefits. These affairs can additionally abate take-home pay, according to the Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk.
Robert Hockett, a assistant of law and accounts at Cornell University, said the plan could advance New York City’s abridgement by advocacy artisan assurance and was absurd to advance to a above departure of firms, who accept added affidavit to break in the city. The legislation is modeled in allotment afterwards de Blasio’s paid-sick-leave law, which was implemented by the burghal in 2014.
“Of course, we’ll apprehend from some economists that businesses will accede relocating as a result, but that’s rubbish,” Hockett said. “The things that allure companies to actuality in New York in the aboriginal abode won’t aloof go abroad back article like this is put into action.”
Paul Sonn, accompaniment action affairs administrator at the left-leaning National Employment Law Project, said the legislation could additionally advice abode the growing cardinal of hours Americans are alive after greater allowances or pay.
“A huge allotment of both working- and common New Yorkers who don’t get abundant paid time off angle to benefit. It would assure them from accepting to accept amid accident pay and activity to their kid’s graduation or the burial of a admired one,” Sonn said. “It would be historic.”