NEW YORK - The City Council has put its stamp of approval on a bill giving more than 1 million workers paid sick leave.

The new law will give private sector employees from businesses with at least 20 workers up to five paid sick days each year starting April 1, 2014.

The business-size threshold will be lowered on Oct. 1, 2015 to apply to workers in businesses with 15 or more people.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and many business owners have opposed the plan, saying it will hurt small businesses, stifle job creation and could even lead to layoffs.

The bill received enough votes to override mayoral vetoes.