Big Changes In New York City
On April 1, 2014, the Earned Sick Time Act goes into effect in New York City. Paid sick time laws have been passed and implemented in several cities and states, and these laws have been a success. A Better Balance believes the New York City Earned Sick Time Act will create a stronger workforce and economy that will benefit workers, employers, and all of us. Throughout the legislative process, we have listened and responded to employers’ questions, concerns, and suggestions about the law. Now we would like to help you find the resources and support you need to comply with your obligations under the law and help build a healthier workforce and city.
Many businesses in New York City have been leading the way on paid sick time by voluntarily offering employees the time they need to keep themselves and their families healthy. We thank our allies in the business community who have shown already that it is possible to run a profitable business while providing paid sick time. Whether you already offer paid leave or are just beginning to implement the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, here’s what you can do to comply with the law, communicate with your workers, and share your experiences.
Understand The Law
- Download our one-page overview and one-page “know your rights” flyer to understand the basic points of the Earned Sick Time Act.
- Read our answers to our Top 8 Frequently Asked Questions about the Earned Sick Time Act (and click here for a Spanish language version).
- Read our blog post regarding the right of domestic workers to paid sick days under this law, and see our domestic workers fact sheet for more in-depth information.
- Three sick time bills have been passed into law by the New York City Council, and together they comprise the full Earned Sick Time Act. To download the law, click here.
- The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, the city agency that will enforce the Earned Sick Time Act, has posted on their website FAQs, an overview of the law for employers, and the required notice that employers must provide to their employees
Get Help With Your Questions
You can contact the Department of Consumer Affairs by emailing PaidSickLeave@dca.nyc.gov or calling 311 and asking for information about the paid sick time law (if you are outside NYC, call 212-NEW-YORK). You can also use DCA’s online Live Chat for businesses, which is available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.