The City Council overwhelmingly passed an extended paid sick leave bill yesterday in a 46-5 vote. Businesses with five or more employees will be required to provide up to five days of paid sick leave. The law passed last year only covered those with 20 or more workers. The new version will also allow workers to take time off to care for grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings. It further adds the manufacturing sector to the list of businesses covered. The bill will go into effect on April 1, but businesses with 19 or fewer employees receive a six-month grace period. Some members expressed concern over the effects of the bill, even among those who voted yes. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the new law will extend paid sick leave to 500,000 more workers, is expected to sign it.
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