It took over four years, but the City Council finally passed a paid sick leave bill which will require small businesses to provide paid sick days to their employees.

AM New York is reporting that the 45-3 vote guarantees that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the City Council can override a veto from Mayor Bloomberg. Quinn was initially against the bill because of the bad economy, but came around once things started to improve.

Under the bill, businesses with 20 or more employees must provide employees with at least five paid sick days starting on April 1, 2014. Businesses with 15 or more employees will have an extra year-and-a-half to begin offering paid sick days. Critics of the bill argue that it will hurt small businesses, especially family owned shops who can't afford to offer paid sick days.

What do you think? Is the paid sick leave bill a step in the right direction?

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