Paid Sick Leave New York Overview

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin gives an overview of paid sick leave law in New York. The Paid Sick Leave law began on April 1, 2014. Under this law many New Yorkers will be able to benefit and continue working without fear of losing their employment. 

What you should know about paid sick leave in English and Spanish.

Below are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Paid Sick Leave New York via NYCDCA.

Which employers must provide sick leave?
Employers with five or more employees who are employed for hire more than 80 hours a calendar year in New York City must provide paid sick leave.

Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave. Employers with one or more domestic workers who have worked for the employer for at least a year and who work more than 80 hours a calendar year must provide paid sick leave.

Which employees are covered by the law?
Most employees who work more than 80 hours a calendar year in New York City are covered by the law. The law covers:

  • Full-time employees
  • Part-time employees
  • Temporary employees
  • Per diem and “on call” employees
  • Transitional jobs program employees
  • Undocumented employees
  • Employees who are family members but not owners
  • Employees who live outside of New York City but work in New York City

 

If some employees don’t live in New York City, do they count toward the number of employees?
Yes. The law applies to employees employed for hire within the City of New York for more than 80 hours a calendar year. It does not matter where the employee lives.

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