On July 30, 2014, workers in New York City were able to begin using their sick time under the NYC Earned Sick Time Act. A Better Balance led the way in fighting for this landmark law, which made New York City among the first jurisdictions in the country to guarantee workers the right to time off when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of medical care. Today, lawmakers around the country have followed in the footsteps of early leaders like New York City: five states and almost 30 localities now have paid sick days laws on the books.
For more information on the law, check out our comprehensive know-your-rights resources, including answers to frequently asked questions (also in Spanish) and our printable flyer (Spanish). Domestic workers (people who work in someone else’s home like a nanny or a housekeeper) are covered under the law and can find out more about their rights with our revised fact sheet.
If you’re a worker in New York City with questions about the law or think your sick time rights may have been violated, contact our free and confidential legal hotline in English or Spanish at 212-430-5982.
This blog post is not intended as legal advice and does not cover all possible situations under the law.