Guaranteed Paid Vacation Time May Become A Reality For All New Yorkers

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New York City has always been considered progressive. Mayor de Blasio is now taking his 2019 agenda to the next level.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Mayor Bill de Blasio will propose legislation this week that mandates paid vacation time for all workers in New York City. This would mark the first time in U.S. history that paid time off was guaranteed by the government as currently, no city in the entire country requires PTO.

The initiative would provide more than 500,000 New Yorkers, including “200,000 workers in the hotel and food industries; 180,000 workers in professional services like cleaners, clerical workers and sales workers; and 90,000 retail workers” with paid vacation leave. Under this legislation, companies will be required to offer at least two weeks of time for full-time workers. However, the proposal will still need to be approved by the City Council before it becomes law.

The push for this new legislation comes just one day after the mayor’s announcement about guaranteed health care for all New York residents.

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