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    NYC Council speaker: Sick leave plan a balance

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    \NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says a plan to require many businesses to provide paid sick leave strikes a balance between workers' needs and businesses' concerns.

    Quinn spoke Friday, a day after announcing that lawmakers and advocates reached a deal on the issue.

    Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he'd veto the proposal after the council votes. That's expected next month.

    Quinn says the council will override a veto.

    Businesses with 20 or more employees would have to provide five paid sick days a year beginning in April 2014.

    Businesses with 15 or more workers would follow suit by October 2015.

    City councils in Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia approved paid sick leave proposals this month. San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and the state of Connecticut already have such laws.

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