Businesses fear job losses from paid-sick-day deal

An article in Crain’s New York today notes that business groups are concerned about job losses that will result from the expected announcement today from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito that would expand paid sick leave in New York City to include companies with as few as five employees.

Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City, a Business Council member told Crain’s, “We assume that the bill that he and the speaker have agreed on will extend the mandate to businesses with five or more employees. Our hope is that it is crafted to avoid unintended consequences, including undue hardship on small businesses that translate into reduction of jobs.”

The Business Council of New York state testified a hearing in New York City last year on this issue.  Read our full testimony on our website at

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