Sick Leave Dead?
October 14th, 2010
The bill, sponsored by 35 council members, would force businesses with fewer than 20 employees to provide five days of paid sick leave, while businesses with more than 20 employees would have to give nine days per employee. Other paid time off can be counted towards the sick time.
Most of the time, the speaker’s support, or lack thereof, will determine of the fate of all legislation. However, the majority of council members who do support the bill have one option.
To bring the bill to the floor, 10 council members must support a “motion to discharge,” which would give the full council an opportunity to vote on it. But they also must keep their solid 35-member strong support, otherwise the bill would not survive a mayoral veto.
The motion has only been used once, during the term limit debate. Other times there was talk of tapping the power, it was quickly quashed.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently called the bill “disastrous.”
There are all sorts of political calculations and angles to this news today, so stayed tuned for further analysis at Gotham Gazette.By Courtney Gross on October 14, 2010, 12:36 pm
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