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Sources: Deadline Set For Compromise On Paid Sick Leave Bill

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After three years, sources say a measure to require paid sick leave could move forward this week, as City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is trying to come up with a compromise. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Sources tell NY1 that a Friday deadline has been set to reach a compromise on a bill to require paid sick leave.

The legislation has been stalled at the City Council for more than three years.

Speaker Christine Quinn has said the bill languished because the economy is not strong enough, an argument she made as recently as last week.

"Think about your household budget," Quinn said. "You can take on an other bill if you have a little money. You can restructure your budget. You can't do that if you don't have any money."

Sources say that about a dozen local lawmakers have threatened to bring the bill to the floor through an unusual procedure rarely employed by council members, so the speaker is attempting to work out a compromise this week before that happens.

The movement follows a packed hearing last week on the legislation.

The current version of the bill would require businesses with five or more employees to provide five days of sick leave.

Sources close to the negotiations tell NY1 that several parts of the legislation are being debated, from the number of sick days an employee may get to whether certain industries should be carved out.

"It's simply gotten untenable for Speaker Quinn to ignore the voices of the people, so now, she is looking for some watered-down version," said Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. "That's what's happened here."

De Blasio said the speaker should pass the bill as is.

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