Recently, both New York State and New York City have promulgated new sick leave laws which expand the rights of employees to accrue and use sick leave. Both laws took effect on September 30, 2020, but employers are generally not required to allow employees to use the leave provided under the laws  until January 1, 2021.

Below are a few key takeaways and a general discussion of the key provisions of each law.

I.        Key Takeaways 

  • To the extent that New York State and New York City employers have not done so, they should review their sick-leave policies to ensure compliance with the new State and City laws.
  • New York City employers should ensure that they include the amount of safe/sick time employees have accrued and used during a pay period and an employee's total balance of accrued safe/sick time on their paystubs equivalent documentation.
  • New York City employers should also ensure that they provide proper and timely sick leave notices to both new and current employees.
  • New York State and New York City employers should update their handbooks accordingly.

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