“New Yorkers need a break,” de Blasio said during a City Hall news conference. “It’s bad for your physical health. It’s bad for your mental health. It’s no way to live.” (Photo: Bloomberg)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed requiring private businesses with five or more employees to give at least 10 days of paid vacation a year, a step that would extend the benefit to about 500,000 full- and part-time workers who currently don’t have it.

The law would guarantee two weeks paid vacation or personal time to every employee, including the thousands of airport workers, apartment-building doormen, retail workers and others without compensated days off. It would require approval by the 51-member city council, where it would have broad support among a Democratic majority that has already pushed the mayor to budget more than $100 million for half-fare discounts to some of the city’s poor on subways and buses.

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