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NEW YORK -- In its final session of 2005 this week, the New York City Council, among other business, amended a bill that requires grocers to provide employees with health care. The Health Care Security Act was originally passed in August of this year.
The council amended the act to ease compliance for the many smaller stores that operate in the borough of Manhattan. Instead of applying to grocery stores with 35 or more employees, the act will now apply only to grocery stores with 50 or more employees. Also amended was the minimum square footage of active retail space (not including storage space, loading docks, food preparation space, or eating areas for the consumption of prepared food), from 10,000 to 12,500.
The original legislation was introduced council member Christine C. Quinn, chair of the body's Health Committee.