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This afternoon, the New York City Council voted 46-5 to significantly expand and strengthen the Earned Sick Time Act that was originally passed by the Council in May. The expanded law will go into effect on April 1, 2014.
The Earned Sick Time Act will have a tremendous effect in New York City. The law will provide paid sick time to nearly 1.2 million workers in New York City who had no sick time before. Even more broadly, the law creates a legal right to a minimum amount of sick time for personal or family care that an employer cannot reduce or withdraw for 3.4 million private sector workers in New York City. For more information on the expanded Earned Sick Time Act, see our one-page overview of the law.
We also have paid sick days resources for both workers and employers in NYC, including a brochure that describes the law (contact us at 212-430-5982 if you would like us to send you copies!) and answers to frequently asked questions.
The expansion bill passed today makes several changes to the original law, including:
Although the Earned Sick Time Act will go into effect on April 1, there is much more to do! A Better Balance will engage in the following work:
And if you are a worker in New York City who needs more information on the law, if your employer refuses to provide you with sick time, or if you are facing retaliation (including termination, demotion, or other penalties) for taking sick time, please call our free Families @ Work Legal Clinic Hotline for help and advice at 212-430-5982.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at the rally where the Mayor announced his proposal to expand the Earned Sick Time Act.