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Mayor Holds Public Hearing on Paid Sick Leave Bill

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The city's new paid sick leave bill is one step closer to being law.

Mayor Bill de Blasio held a public hearing on the proposed legislation Monday.

He plans to sign it into law later this week.

Under the new rules, businesses with more than five employees will be required to pay their workers for sick time.

The original legislation only applied to businesses with 20 or more employees.

The bill was overwhelmingly passed by the City Council last month.

The mayor says it will protect more than 500,000 people.

"For people who don't have paid sick leave, a very tough choice they have to make, and they have to make it all the time," de Blasio said. "If they're sick, they have to go to work sick, probably get sicker, probably get a lot of other people sick in the bargain. They don't go to work, they're going to lose a day's pay."

The law does have its detractors. Small business owners wanted more time to implement it, saying it was pushed through too quickly.

Once signed, it will take effect on April 1.

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