De Blasio Signs Expanded Sick Leave Law

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014  |  Updated 5:23 PM EDT
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De Blasio to Expand Paid Sick Days Law

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De Blasio to Expand Paid Sick Days Law

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday a significant expansion of a law that requires employers to give workers paid sick days, the first step on the way to fulfilling a campaign promise. Marc Santia reports.
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Mayor de Blasio signed his first bill into law Thursday, approving new legislation that expands the right of paid sick leave to approximately a half million New Yorkers.

The law mandates that employers whose businesses have five or more employees grant their staff paid sick days. It expands a previous bill which only applied to businesses that had more than 15 workers.

De Blasio signed the bill during an elaborate ceremony at a Brooklyn ice cream manufacturer.

The mayor said the law is "the first of many steps" his administration will undertake to fight the city's rising income inequality.

The law goes into effect on April 1.

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