New York City Sick Leave Law In Effect


On April 1, 2014, the New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect.  The law requires private employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave to its employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year in New York City.

Under the law, employers with five or more employees are required to provide at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year to their employees.  Employers with less than five employees must provide at least 40 hours of unpaid sick leave per year.

Employees earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year.  Employees begin accruing sick time on April 1, 2014 or their first day of employment, whichever is later.  Employers are not required to provide sick leave until July 30, 2014 or until the employee has worked for 120 days, whichever is later.

Employees are permitted to use sick leave for their own or a family member’s illness, medical treatment, or preventive medical care.  Employers are required to give written notice to their existing employees by May 1, 2014 and to their new employees upon commencement of employment.  A copy of the notice can be found here.

Please feel free to contact Connell Foley’s employment law attorneys for guidance on implementing New York City’s sick leave law or any other leave issue you may be facing.