Statement from Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on the Paid Sick Leave Bill

February 21, 2014

Calls for creation of a Business Ombudsman unit at the Department of Consumer Affairs
“We are pleased that the New York City Council has listened to the voices of small business and amended the paid sick leave legislation to include a six month “cure period” during which businesses with 5-19 employees would not be penalized for unintentionally violating the new law. This makes good business sense as this “cure period” will allow for smaller businesses to comply with the new mandate, and ensures businesses will have ample time to learn about compliance.  In addition the statute of limitations reduction is another win for small businesses. While these are steps in the right direction we continue to urge the City  Council and the Mayor to create a small business ombudsmen unit at the Department of Consumer Affairs to work with business to ensure they have a voice in the agency that is to regulate compliance.