From the NY Post:
The City Council is playing doctor again, prescribing a bitter-pill bill that can only poison New York business -- especially small business.
The council's demands: five days of sick leave for companies with fewer than 20 employees, and nine days for larger firms.
Even part-timers and contractors hit the sick-day jackpot -- all they have to do is work 80 hours to start accruing their days off.
But the council forgot to mention the bill's side effects, catalogued in detail in a study prepared for the New York City Partnership:
*$789 million a year in extra payroll costs -- most hitting the 88 percent of employers who already offer sick leave.
* Sick "days" that can be taken an hour at a time. Imagine that.
* And an average extra cost of $0.48 per hour per employee.
The council knows it can't pass new taxes directly, as much as it would like to -- so it's pushing the Paid Sick Time Act as yet another back-door redistributionist scheme.
But don't be fooled: It's a tax by another name, and it will pour salt in the
wounds of New York's employers, already smarting from the poor economy.
The construction industry -- reeling from 30 percent unemployment -- will be hit hardest of all.
So instead of getting new work, plenty of jobless New Yorkers will get nothing.
Here's a question for you... why do some employees get 5 days of mandated sick time and others get 9? I mean, either you "need" 5 or you "need" 9, right?
This bill is a joke. Imagine if the six-figure freeloaders on the council had to get real jobs?