(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 hotly contested issue.
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 employees would have to do the same by October 2015.
A vote is expected next month.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposes the proposal. Quinn says the council will override any veto.
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.