Statement from GoBizNYC on Final Bill Language for Expansion of Paid Sick Leave
February 20, 2014 - The New York City Council today released final bill language for Intro 1, which expands the city’s requirement that employers provide at least five days of paid sick leave. The law takes effect April 1, 2014, but in response to the concerns of GoBizNYC and others, the bill has been amended to provide for a six month “cure period” during which businesses with 5-19 employees would not be penalized for unintentionally violating the new law. Revised language also reduces the period for filing complaints against an employer from three years to two years. These are changes that will make it less difficult for smaller businesses to comply with the new mandate.
“It is encouraging that the de Blasio Administration and the City Council listened to some of the concerns of small business in the paid sick leave expansion,” says Victor Wong, Director of Business Outreach & GoBizNYC, Partnership for New York City. “By providing a cure period during the law’s first six months, the city is ensuring that small businesses have time to learn how to properly comply rather than being blindsided with fines starting April 1.”
On Friday, February 14th, GoBizNYC, along with the Five Borough Chamber Alliance, the NYC Hospitality Alliance, the Bodega Association, the National Supermarket Association, and the New York State Restaurant Association, testified before the City Council and laid out small business issues with the proposed paid sick leave expansion. The chief concern was that the new law, which moves the effective date to April 1 for all businesses, would give the city's 175,000 newly-covered businesses inadequate time to prepare.
GoBizNYC, a small business initiative of the Partnership for New York City, represents over 25,000 small businesses across the five boroughs – that’s more than one in ten of the city’s small businesses. The GoBizNYC network includes chambers of commerce, local development corporations, merchant associations, business improvement districts, and industry associations. GoBizNYC’s mission is to strengthen the voice of small, immigrant, and minority-owned business and to create an environment where small businesses can create more jobs and build our city’s neighborhood economies.
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