Expanded NYC Sick Leave Law to Cover All Employers

Written by Jamie Lang

The New York City Council recently amended the Paid Sick Time Law. Mayor DeBlasio has expressed his support and is expected to sign the bill into law. With the amendments, New York City employers with five or more employees must provide at least five days of paid sick leave to employees. Employers with less than five employees must provide five days of unpaid sick leave to employees. Before the amendments, the law only required employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid leave. The law is set to go into effect on April 1, 2014.

The amendments also expanded the definition of family member. Under the law, an employee can use sick time for an absence related to their illness or the illness of a family member. The term family member had been limited to immediate family members. But with the amendments, it now includes an employee’s child, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, grandparent, sibling, or the parent or child of an employee’s spouse or domestic partner.

As a reminder, some of the other key provisions of the law include:

If you have any questions about how the New York City Sick Time Law or the recent amendments to the law affects your business, please contact any Clifton Budd & DeMaria attorney.

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Jamie Lang
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Jamie Lang joined the firm in February 2013. She represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment...
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