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New York mayor proposes requiring paid leave, a first for US

13 January 2019
New York mayor proposes requiring paid leave, a first for US

"The comprehensive health care plan ceremoniously unveiled by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week drew lots of applause from the Democrat's supporters but also is drawing skepticism from voices in his city who question the true value and cost of the effort", writes USA Today.

"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. Some Americans want to see the health initiative replicated nationwide.

He said New Yorkers "need a break".

NYC Care is set to launch later this year in the Bronx borough, becoming available across the entire city by 2021, according to a statement.

Those proposals, along with those for universal health care and guaranteed paid leave are still only that - proposals.

The City Council is set to introduce legislation this week that would make such funds legal - currently, the Conflicts of Interest Board has ruled that accepting more than $50 to pay legal bills would be an illegal gift, unless from very close friends and family.

"The city's worst landlords will have a new sheriff to fear", de Blasio said. As the magazine reported, in order to address its chronic shortage of primary care providers, NYC Health + Hospitals has a partnership with a for-profit medical school based 2,000 miles away on the Caribbean island of Granada.

Then on Wednesday, the Post reported, Mayor de Blasio unveiled legislation to mandate two weeks of paid time off for full-time workers in the city, a move that would guarantee paid time off for an additional 500,000 people according to estimates from the mayor's office using USA census bureau data. The number of required days off would be pro-rated for part-time workers.

Both stories being leaked first to national press, as opposed to local papers, had local journalists grumbling about - if not outright offended by - yet another display of the mayor's disdain for local NYC media, revealed explicitly past year in a series of emails released on court order.

"Every other major nation recognizes the necessity of Paid Personal Time", de Blasio said. City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) has indicated that he will be the lead sponsor on the on the bill.

In the last two years, he said New York City's Public Engagement Unit coordinated signing up more than 130,000 New Yorkers for plans through the exchanges created by the law. "Well-connected developers should not be getting sweetheart deals on the taxpayers' dime".