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A right to vacation? NYC idea prompts debate over days off

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, March 03 2019 Mar 3, 2019 March 03, 2019 5:55 AM March 03, 2019 in News - AP National

By JENNIFER PELTZ
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A debate over whether New York City should make a pioneering move to require paid vacations has both sides saying: Give me a break.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants New York to become the first place in the 50 states to make private businesses provide time off with pay . The idea is awaiting action in the City Council.

The Democratic mayor says it's "not a healthy society" when workers can't take a personal day for a family occasion, or simply for respite, without a financial hit.

But some city-based small business owners say paid vacation would pile on pressures after minimum wage increases and a paid sick leave requirement in recent years.

Many countries have paid vacation laws, as does the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

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