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 www.bcnys.org.
Yesterday, the State Supreme Court struck down New York City’s prevailing wage law saying it was invalid because it was pre-empted by the state minimum wage law.
The legislation, which required prevailing wage for service workers in buildings that receive substantial government subsidies, passed The City Council last year. Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the legislation but the Council overrode the veto.
The city comptroller sets prevailing wages for work on public projects which depend on occupation and union rates. Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the legislation saying that it would threatened job-creating projects in the city and would make it harder for companies to invest.
Legislation is making its way through the City Council that would bring hostels back to New York City. The legislation would permit the licensing of hostels and is part of an effort to counter a 2010 bill aimed at eliminating short-term single-room occupancy residences and illegal multiple-dwelling lodgings. It is estimated the hostel closings, resulting from the 2010 bill, cost the city $150 million and reduced the number of tourists visiting the city.
The City Council will vote on the controversial and long-delayed paid-sick-leave bill on May 8. Under the bill, most businesses in New York would be required to provide employees with at least five paid-six days a year. It’s a measure business groups, including The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, have long opposed. Nancy Ploeger, president of The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, has said the provision that would require all businesses with more than five employees is onerous. She said the employee count should be raised to business with more than 50 employees, a number that would be in line with a similar measure passed in Connecticut last year. In an earlier piece written by Chris Bragg of Crain’s New York Business, Ploeger noted that “the federal Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, requires only businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance.”
“If it’s good enough for Barack Obama to define small business that way, it’s good enough here,” said Ploeger.
Chris Bragg, reporter forCrain’s New York Business and blogger for Crain’s Insider, posted the following story on the City Council bill that would mandate five paid six days to full-time employees for businesses with 20 or more employees, a measure strongly opposed by business groups in New York City.