New York City Sick Leave Law Gives Workers Relief

New law could have impact on decisions of other states, cities

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Ever have a time where you’ve gone to work sick because you can’t afford to miss a day. If you work for a company that does not provide paid sick leave and you live in New York city, you now have relief. You’ll be joining employees in other cities that have passed similar laws including Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

The new measure makes New York City the most populous locations in the nation to require business owners and companies to provide paid sick leave. Advocates say the measure was needed because workers should not have to choose between physical health and financial health.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposed the law, seeking to veto it, citing it will hurt small businesses.

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