New York City Earned Sick Time Act

New York City is at it again – continuing its quest to be the most employee-friendly jurisdiction in the country. On January 8, 2019, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced proposed legislation that would require private employers to provide employees with mandated paid time off/vacation. If passed by the City Council, the law would be the first of its kind in the nation, requiring employers to provide paid time to use for vacation and other purposes, as opposed to sick leave.

The proposed legislation would apply to all private employers with five or more employees, and would exclude contract employees and freelancers. Under the proposal, paid time off would accrue at a rate of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 10 paid workdays off per year. Employees would become eligible after 120 days of employment. Part-time employees would be eligible for limited paid time off, based on the number of hours worked.

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Not surprisingly, the New York City Council last Wednesday overwhelmingly passed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sweeping amendment to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. Most notably, the amendment expands the Act’s coverage to organizations with 5 or more employees (reduced from the prior 15-employee threshold). The amendment takes effect almost immediately, on April 1, 2014–departing from the staggered implementation scheme contemplated by the Bloomberg-era version of the Act. See our February 3, 2014 post for more specific details about the amendment’s provisions: https://www.employmentlawwatch.com/2014/02/articles/employment-us/new-nyc-mayor-comes-out-of-the-gate-swinging-demands-expansion-of-paid-sick-leave-law/.
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