New York City Sick Leave Pay for Employees

Author: Stephen D. Hans & Associates


As time goes along, New York City employers become subject to more and more regulations. In April, 2014, New York City’s Sick Pay Leave Act for employees went into effect for certain employers. You should know that employees can begin taking sick leave days they have accrued starting on July 30, 2014.

Complying with the Sick Pay Leave Act includes the doing the following:

  • If you are an employer with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year you must provide these employees with paid sick days
  • If you are an employer with four or less employees, you must provide employees with unpaid sick days
  • Employees working more than 80 calendar days a year, get one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they worked, up to 40 hours in one calendar year (which for many people is one work week)
  • If you employ one or more domestic workers who have worked for you at least a year and worked more than 80 hours per calendar year, you must provide your employees with two days of paid sick leave

Employees can use their sick days to care for themselves if they are sick or to care for a sick family member. Family members are considered children, grandchildren, spouses, domestic partners, parents, siblings, or the parent of a spouse or domestic partner.

As an employer, you cannot terminate an employee for taking a sick leave day.

If you have questions about employment law consult with one of our employment law attorneys at Stephen Hans & Associates. We can help you deal with employment issues and put business policies in place that protect your rights and help you comply with regulations.

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