de Blasio to force more NYC small businesses to provide paid leave

If you own or run a small business in New York City and think it’s private, you had better think again. Under Bloomberg, NYC recently expanded the number of small business that must provide up to a week of paid sick leave to employees; however, that isn’t enough for Bill de Blasio and new Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have agreed on a deal to expand the city’s paid sick leave law, several sources told Capital. The agreement will lower the threshold for the size of private companies required to provide their employees paid time off, the sources said. The mayor and speaker are currently planning to announce the deal Friday, according to the sources.

Current law requires that companies with 20 or more employees provide them with five or more paid sick days a year. Ultimately, that law also lowers the number of employees to 15 to cover an even larger number of firms. Apparently that still isn’t enough for de Blasio, who isn’t commenting on the news for now.

Spokesmen for Mark-Viverito and de Blasio declined comment.