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Source: New York Daily News
Subject: Workplace Justice
Type: Media Coverage

Women pols will rally Christine Quinn to support paid sick-day bill as Speaker stalls

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.

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