As of today, NYC employers, with 5 or more employees, must provide job-protected paid sick leave to their employees.  Smaller employers must provide job-protected unpaid sick leave.  Key aspects of the law include:

  • Leave accrues at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked for any employee who works at least 80 hours in a calendar year (including temporary employees)
  • Employees may limit use of leave to 40 hours in as calendar year
  • Leave may be used for multiple reasons including care for a sick family member and school closings
  • Employers must allow employees to use accrued time in blocks as small as 4 hours
  • Employers may provide more generous leave
  • Employers may satisfy the leave requirements through a combination of sick and vacation
  • Employers must notify all employees and new hires of the law

Employers who have not yet updated their policies should do so immediately.