STATEN ISLAND, NY - October 14, 2010 - The 5 Boro Chamber Alliance stands in full support of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's decision regarding the Paid Sick Leave bill at this juncture. Her position recognizes the negative impact this would have on the employers who create and keep the jobs necessary to get us back on the road to economic recovery. We would also like to thank Speaker Quinn for weighing all sides and not rushing into a decision on a bill that has such a significant impact on the City's economy.
While we fully recognize the good intentions of this bill the reality is there is an unintended consequence that would ultimately hurt the NYC workers it purports to help. The business community has made it clear we support the right of workers to take time off for legitimate illness without fearing job loss. Both the Speaker and Mayor Bloomberg recognized the City Council bill went far beyond protecting sick employees from retaliatory firings. Int No 97 would slow job growth, interfere with employer-employee relations and stick businesses with a significant cost during the worst economic period in generations.
The recent study by the Partnership for NYC shows only 12% of workers do not have paid leave, and, most of them work for small businesses that simply cannot afford it. Having government micro-manage the way independent businesses are run flies in the face of everything that allows the creativity of entrepreneurship to thrive in this City.
This is the wrong bill, with the wrong approach at the wrong time. If you want to move forward, then reconsider the implications of such a bill and find another way to protect employees wrongfully fired.
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