New York City Amends Paid Sick Leave Law to Include Safe Time

By Kelsey Basten

Published on November 14, 2017

This month, New York City amended its paid sick leave law – originally passed in 2013 – to include “safe time.” The updated law will go into effect May 5, 2018.

Safe time is paid leave for an employee or a family member who has been the victim of a family, sexual, stalking or human trafficking offense.

Employees may use safe time leave to:

  • Obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, rape crisis center, or other shelter or services program
  • Participate in safety planning, temporarily or permanently relocate, or take other actions to increase the safety of the employee or family member
  • Meet with a civil attorney or other social service provider to obtain information and advice on, and prepare for or participate in, any criminal or civil proceeding, including but not limited to matters related to a family offense matter, sexual offense, stalking, human trafficking, custody, visitation, matrimonial issues, orders of protection, immigration, housing, discrimination in employment, housing or consumer credit
  • File a complaint or domestic incident report with law enforcement
  • Meet with a district attorney’s office
  • Enroll children in a new school
  • Take other actions necessary to maintain, improve, or restore the physical, psychological, or economic health or safety of the employee or family member or to protect those who associate or work with the employee

Employers can require employees to provide written confirmation that leave was used for one of the above covered purposes.

Once the law is in effect employers must provide notice of the law and its new amendment at time of hire to all employees.

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Currently, GovDocs supports the New York City Paid Sick Leave posting – which is optional for employers – in English and Spanish. With the recent amendment, we expect the posting will be revised and will offer it once available.

Because the posting is optional, it is not covered under the GovDocs Update Program.

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