Mayor Bill de Blasio wants New York City to be the first city or state in the country to guarantee all workers paid time off.
He’s proposed two-weeks paid vacation for all workers in the city, as long as they work for an employer with at least five employees.
“Workers across the nation have been working too hard without enough time to rest and recharge or enough time for family and important life events,” Mayor de Blasio said.
The mayor said this would benefit hundreds of thousands of workers in New York City who don’t currently have the benefit. He argued that paid time off increases worker productivity and strengthens their families.
"To be the fairest big city in America, New Yorkers can't be forced to choose between bringing home a paycheck and taking time off to just disconnect or spend time with loved ones – that choice ends with Paid Personal Time,” de Blasio said.
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