Expanded Paid Sick Leave Coverage for New York City Workers

The New York City Council passed a revision to its Earned Sick Time Act to require employers with five or more employees to offer paid sick leave coverage for staff working more than 30 hours per week beginning April 1, 2014. Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid leave.

The new legislation expands a 2013 law that offered paid sick leave to businesses with fifteen or more employees, which will affect an additional 355,000 workers in New York City. The 2013 exemption for the manufacturing industry was removed in the new law.

Eligible employees accrue sick leave at a rate of one hour of paid leave every 30 hours worked. Businesses with fewer than 20 employee earn up to five days per year whereas employees at business with 20 or more employees can earn up to nine days.

The 2014 revision allows employees to use sick leave to care for:

  • Themselves
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Spouses
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren

New York City Posting Requirement

Employers must provide to each employee and must display in a conspicuous place notice of the Earned Sick Time Act or face a civil fine of $50 per employee.

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