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CITY COUNCIL PAID SICK LEAVE LAW TO AFFLICT SMALL BUSINESS/CONSUMERS

The New York City Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a “compromise” paid sick leave bill that will require businesses with 20 or more employees to provide 5 days off with pay each year for employees. Details of what constitutes sick or whether proof of illness are required are not clear.

Prediction  1: the five days will become days off regardless of health or sickness and proponents will try to push down the number of employees required to trigger the requirement.

Medium to larger business (e.g. those employing 50 plus workers) generally provide sick leave and reason tells us that employers do not want sick employees to come to work and spread illness.

In reverse logic, or in the logic of the backers of this law, who even go so far as to want it to apply to employers with as few as five employees, paid sick leave should be provided regardless of the consequence to businesses. Logic and  real world experience would inform that the fewer employees and the smaller the business, the greater the negative impact on the business and greater the chance that the cost gets passed along to the consumer.

Prediction 2 – struggling and up and coming businesses will continue to get short shrift from the city and that just makes us sick!

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