The legislation being heard in our committee today seeks to build on these efforts and marks a historic moment for working people," said Council Member I.Daneek Miller, Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor.Employees would begin to accrue hours immediately after employment, earning one hour of Paid Personal Time for every 30 hours worked.Employees would be able to access the benefit after 90 days of employment and after working at least 80 hours.Landmark legislation will have hearing today; NYC would be first city in nation to mandate paid personal time for workers NEW YORK––Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane Mc Cray, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, activist Gloria Steinem and advocates today rallied in support of Paid Personal Time legislation.The bill, which is being heard for the first time today, would make New York City the first city in the nation to mandate paid time off for workers.“I look forward to our hearing today as an opportunity to discuss the impacts of this legislation with the Administration, business owners, workers and members of the public.
Employers could require up to 2 weeks’ notice and have reasonable exceptions for granting leave to prevent too many workers from taking simultaneous leave.
I commend Mayor de Blasio and Public Advocate Williams for pushing forward legislation that will give a large segment of working New Yorkers the peace of mind and sense of personal dignity to which we are all entitled.
This was long overdue and should be considered by local governments across the country,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Chair of the Committee on Women and Gender Equity.
That means choosing between earning a paycheck and your kid’s dance recital, helping your parent move into a nursing home, or that vacation you’ve been saving for. Hardworking New Yorkers deserve more and we’re going to ensure they get it.” “Too many working New Yorkers - especially women and immigrants - are in an impossible struggle for more time, often having to choose between their paycheck and their well-being," said First Lady Chirlane Mc Cray. New York City stands up for working people and we look forward to seeing this legislation become law.” “When it comes to improving the lives of working people in this country, New York City is leading the way,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives J. “Whether it is spent on a doctor's visit, PTA meeting, voting, or anything else important in their lives, Paid Personal Time will allow workers to build a better future for their families, not just put food on the table.” “All workers deserve to live their lives with dignity and respect,” said Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Lorelei Salas.
“Workers deserve time to rest, spend time with family, or attend important life events without the fear of losing a day’s pay or, worse, their job.
The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that doesn't guarantee some level of paid leave. It's time to give working people a break— it's time to give them time off. This legislation requires private employers with five or more employees or one or more domestic workers to offer 10 annual days of Paid Personal Time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any purpose, including religious observances, bereavement and time with family.