Here's What Locals Are Saying About Latimer's New Paid Sick Leave Law

The Details


Goes into effect:
April 2019

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Applies to:
companies with 5 or more employees

Employer fiscal obligation:
one paid hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked

Final vote:
12-5 (all Republicans opposed; all but one Democrat in favor)

Number of employees directly affected by new law:

Penalty for violating the new law: 
three times what employer would have paid as compensated sick time

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What people are saying about the new law:


“It gets to the point where small businesses in Westchester are nervous. It seems like an assault on them.”

—John Testa Minority Leader, Westchester County Board of Legislators


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“This is going to cut into things like employee bonuses. I think this is a state issue [and] an overreach on the part of the county legislators.”

—Peter Menzies, owner of The Reading Room Katonah and Little Joe’s Coffee & Books, in Katonah


“By passing this type of legislation, the message to the business community is that the [Board of Legislators] will now be dictating how businesses will manage their day-to-day operations. That is the wrong message…to send to our employers and prospective employers who are looking to start their businesses in Westchester County. ”

—John Ravitz, EVP/COO, Business Council of Westchester


“If you come down sick, don’t go to work, because you may have a communicable disease that will be spread. Knowing that you won’t be penalized for taking that time off is essential — because [when you’re sick,] it’s not time to play; it’s time to get better.”

—George Latimer, County Executive


“This law is a practical, cost-effective way to make sure people who are sick are not required to come to work or face being fired or financial penalty, while reining in the costs to businesses of lost productivity and employee turnover.” 

—Catherine Borgia, County Legislator, District 9


“A company’s employees are its strongest assets, and employers in Westchester more than recognize that and treat their employees fairly and ethically. As such, it is not necessary to mandate personnel policies, and it only leads to anti-business sentiment.”

–William Mooney, President & CEO, Westchester County Association

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