The fight over the stalled paid sick days bill is heating up again, with women elected officials stepping up the pressure on City Council Speaker Christine Quinn – while opponents seize on little-noticed provisions in the bill that would subject thousands more businesses to dreaded city fines.
More than 15 women elected officials [accompanied by Make the Road members] will gather at City Hall Monday to demand Quinn to finally allow a vote on the bill requiring employers to give their workers sick leave.
“The facts are enough to make you sick: America is the only industrialized nation in the world that fails to guarantee paid sick leave,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), who will join a group of House representatives, City Councilwomen, and state legislators. “Here in New York, we can bypass congressional gridlock, enact paid sick leave, and make the Big Apple a national leader in protecting the health of our citizens.”
Yet businesses have found one more reason to balk at the bill in provisions added in the fall.
The legislation gives the Health Department power to dish out fines for infractions like failing to post notices in every language spoken by a chunk of the workforce and failing to keep records for three years of sick time taken by each worker.