Paid Sick Leave Survey Asks NYC Business Owners for Input on PSL Law
A new paid sick leave survey gives New York City business owners the opportunity to offer feedback on the paid sick leave law passed by the City Council on February 26, 2014. Under the Earned Sick Time Act, all New York City employers with five or more employees who work over 80 hours per year must provide paid sick leave. Employers with fewer employees must permit unpaid sick leave.
The paid sick leave law was a linchpin of the de Blasio administration’s first-year agenda and promises to be an enduring part of his legacy. However, despite its noble goal of providing greater economic security for many New Yorkers, some business owners opposed the law, claiming that mandatory paid sick leave would place an unacceptable strain on their budgets. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) PSL Advisory Council Survey for Businesses will shed some light on whether such concerns have panned out over the past year. Above all, the paid sick leave survey will assist the city government in implementing the law in a way that is sensitive to NYC business owners’ needs.