Mandatory Paid Vacation
Proposed NYC plan comes as Mayor plans to expand health coverage for low income New Yorkers
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Wednesday to make the city the first in the country to require employers to offer paid vacation days.
"If you work hard and you don't get a break that's not fair," said the Democratic mayor, who said more than 500,000 full-time and part-time workers in the city currently have no paid vacation days or personal days. "New Yorkers need a break."
The announcement came the day after de Blasio announced a plan to spend $100 million a year on expanding health coverage for low-income New Yorkers and seemed intended to polish his credentials as a progressive leader.
"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 just to disconnect or spend time with loved ones," de Blasio said.
The legislation would require employers with five or more employees to offer 10 paid days off that could be used for any purpose. The number of required days off would be pro-rated for part-time workers.
The mandate would have to be passed by the City Council, a process that could take several months.
Experts said that if the legislation passes, New York City will be the first jurisdiction in the 50 states to mandate paid vacation.
"I'm not aware of any other state or city that requires it," said Rick McGahey, an economist at the New School for Social Research who served as an assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Labor Department during the Clinton administration.