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De Blasio plan requires 2 weeks paid time off for all workers in NYC

January 09, 2019 - 9:48 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Hot on the heels of Tuesday's comprehensive health care plan, another big announcement came from Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday morning.

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He unveiled legislation at City Hall that orders two weeks of paid time off for workers in the city. The mandate would guarantee subsidized time off for an additional half million people.

“More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies,” de Blasio said in an email to the Washington Post. “Our city’s businesses will benefit from a more productive, healthier workforce. By putting workers first, New York City’s economy has never been stronger.”

Companies will be required to give full-time workers at least two weeks off, and offer paid time off for part-time workers. Employees would be allowed to gradually accrue time off over the year.

The proposal would have to be approved by the city council. It would make New York a pioneer in labor law. No U.S. city or state currently requires paid time off for workers, although Puerto Rico does make employers provide the benefit.

Republicans were quick to question the plan, claiming it would hurt businesses and workers.

“Everyone wants employees to have a fair amount of vacation time, but one-size-fits-all government mandates tend to make it harder to hire, grow businesses and create jobs,” said Michael Steel, a Republican operative. “This sounds like that’s what this would do.”

Local law would exclude businesses with fewer than five employees.