Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Five Borough Chamber Coalition Testifies at NYC Council on Paid Sick Bill, Intro #1
On Friday Feb. 14th, Nancy Ploeger testified at the Council hearing on Friday regarding the Council's new amended paid sick leave bill extending requirements to all businesses with 5 or more employees. She was representing 5 Borough Chamber of Commerce Coalition created four years ago to be the voice of small businesses in our city.
The Coalition created a panel to testify as to the burdens of this bill and unintended consequences. Others on the panel included Victor Wong, The Partnership for New York City, Rob Bookman, the NYC Hospitality Alliance, Zulay Mateo, the Bodega Association USA, and Zulema Wiscovitch, the National Supermarket Association.
The main point of the bill is now extending it to affect all businesses with 5 or more employees, mandating businesses to pay 5 paid sick days.
All of us testified as to the fact that this new bill was issued without discussion, after we had spent over 4 years at the table fighting for a balanced piece of legislation and negotiating the current bill which affects employers with over 20 employees with a phase in for those with 15+ employees in six months. In addition points were made regarding the Council's wish to enact this effective April 1 without rules even being written as yet, without spelling out the consequences if a business should not be in compliance and even without staff at the DCA in place yet to handle this.
In addition, we asked that the implementation be pushed back at least 9 months (the length of time businesses had to get ready for compliance for the current bill). Council and the administration want this to go in effect in less than 48 days.
If you would like more information on the issue and/or would be willing to tell us your story and how this will affect your business, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org