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New York City - Mandatory Sick Leave

Posted by Nancy Saperstone on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Excerpt from Client Alert sent March 2014:

The New York City law which requires that employers with more than 20 employees to give paid sick time has been expanded to require employers with 5 or more employees to comply on October 1, 2014.  Employers with 20 or more employees must comply on April 1, 2014 per the original ruling.  Employers with less than 5 employees will be required to provide leave, but it can be unpaid.  There are some exceptions for hourly educational employees and manufacturing employees.

Applicable employers must provide 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year.

Upon hire, employers are required to provide written notice about sick time accruals, the accrual year and the use of sick time.  The notice should also include information about employees’ ability to file complaints and retaliation protection.

Action Steps:

  • Update employee handbooks and policies to


  • Ensure payroll systems are set-up to accommodate

    the new provisions.


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