Mayor de Blasio calls on City Council to pass paid-vacation proposal

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Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the City Council Wednesday to pass a bill that would grant two weeks of paid time off a year for workers at businesses with five or more employees.

According to the mayor’s proposal, the time off would accrue over the course of the year, with workers eligible after 120 days on the job.

An employee would get an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked for up to 10 paid days off per year. 

Employees would able to use the time off for any reason, including vacation, family time or religious reasons.

The mayor says New York would become the first American city to require paid vacation for workers.

"[Workers] miss parent-teacher conferences. They miss school plays. They miss weddings…They miss all the things that make life whole,” says de Blasio.

Although the mayor is calling for legislation to be passed soon, he says the plan would be phased in over time. 

The mayor added that other major nations recognize the need for paid personal time, and said New York City will lead the way in the U.S.

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