Under NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law), certain employers must give their employees sick leave.
On Wednesday May 28th Staff Attorney Alice Davis and Community Outreach Coordinator Virginia Thomas attended an information meeting led by Jessica Hahn, Deputy Director of Legal and Investigation, Earned Sick Leave Division at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). She emphasized the importance of the new paid sick leave policy and she mentioned that the DCA is reaching out to communities about this new policy.
NYC’s paid sick leave policy came into effect on April 1,2014. Covered employees have the right to use sick leave for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member. Family members include: children; grandchildren;spouses;domestic partners; parents; grandparents; child or a parent of an employee’s spouse or domestic partner and siblings.
Covered under this policy are full time and part time employees; transitional job programs employees; undocumented employees; and employees who live outside of NYC. Employees must work more than 80 hours to receive coverage.
Acceptable reasons to use sick leave are when an employee:
Has a mental problem physical illness, injury or health condition;needs medical diagnosis, care or treatment of mental physical illness, injury or condition; or need to get preventative medical care.
Must care for a family member who needs medical diagnosis, care or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury or health condition or needs preventative medical care.
Employer’s business closes due to a public health emergency or employee needs to care for a child whose school or child care provider closed due to a public health emergency.
Employers must provide 40 hours of sick leave every calender year. For domestic workers employers must provide two days of paid sick leave in addition to the three days of paid rest as designated by the NYC Labor Law. Unused sick leave can be carried over to the next calender year however employers are only required to let you use up to 40 hours of sick leave per calender year. Employees can begin to use sick leave on July 30th or 120 days after employment whichever is later.
For more information about the paid sick leave policy click here.
Complaints can be filed with the DCA online nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave, 311 , 212-436-0255 or 212-436-0258.
Complaints can also be filed by calling CMS’ Linea Laboral 1877-525-2267