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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: New York State Paid Sick Time

  • November 4, 2020

In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the CDC has recommended that everyone take steps to protect themselves and their communities, including avoiding close contact with others. If you…

Licencia de Emergencia de COVID-19: Lo Que Deben Saber Los Trabajadores de Nueva York

¿Eres un trabajador en el Estado de Nueva York afectado por COVID-19? Si es así, usted podría ser elegible para tomar licencia por enfermedad de emergencia bajo la ley federal Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus o la ley de Licencia por Enfermedad de Emergencia del Estado de Nueva York. La ley de Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus (FFCRA, por sus siglas en inglés) otorga 80 horas de licencia pagada por enfermedad, para toda serie de propósitos relacionados con el coronavirus, a empleados a tiempo completo (y una cantidad de tiempo prorrateado a empleados a tiempo parcial).

La Ley de Días Pagados de Enfermedad y Seguridad de la Ciudad de Nueva York: Lo Que Deben Saber Los Trabajadores

La Ley de Días Pagados de Enfermedad y Seguridad de la Ciudad de Nueva York (“ESSTA” por sus siglas en inglés) le otorga a trabajadores tiempo de enfermedad que puede ser usado para recuperar de una enfermedad o lesión física/mental; buscar un diagnóstico médico, tratamiento o cuidado preventivo; cuidar de un miembro familiar quien esté enfermo o necesite un diagnóstico médico, tratamiento o cuidado preventivo; cuando el lugar de trabajo del trabajador esté cerrado por orden de un oficial público debido a una emergencia pública de salud o cuidar de un niño si su escuela o proveedor de cuidado ha sido cerrado por orden de un funcionario público debido a una emergencia pública de salud; o para atender ciertas necesidades no médicas que puedan surgir si el trabajador o un miembro familiar es una víctima de violencia doméstica, acoso sexual, acecho o trata de personas.

NYC Paid Sick Time Law: How Recent Updates will Help Workers

Recently, New York City’s landmark paid sick time law, the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA), was amended so that workers have even more rights under the law. A Better Balance was proud to help draft and negotiate the law when it originally passed in 2013, and we were proud to have helped improve the law—including testifying before the New York City Council—through these recent amendments. The changes in NYC’s ESSTA reflect necessary updates to align with New York State’s sick time law, which will provide workers throughout the state with sick time they can use starting January 1, 2021 but also contains many additional helpful clarifications that will help workers throughout New York City.

Emergency Paid Leave: The Way Forward

Since the COVID-19 pandemic took root in the U.S. in March, federal, state, and local officials have sought to enact legislative solutions to help the nation through this unfathomable crisis. A Better Balance has been working at every level of government to advance policies, including COVID-19 emergency paid leave laws, to ensure that workers aren’t forced to choose—during a pandemic and national crisis—between their personal or family health and their jobs. Around the country, momentum continues to grow for emergency paid sick leave, and we’re proud to share a number of new victories.

Department of Labor Issues New Regulations on COVID Emergency Leave

In March, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a new federal law providing emergency paid leave to covered workers for certain COVID-related purposes. Last month, in response to an action by the New York Attorney General’s office, the Southern District of New York issued a decision striking down several elements of the US Department of Labor’s regulations issued under the FFCRA. Recently, the Department of Labor issued new revised regulations, which make several changes in response to the court’s decision, along with corresponding updates to the frequently asked questions. These new regulations will become effective immediately upon their formal publication in the Federal Register, expected to occur on February 16.

Public Health Closures and Paid Sick Time: What You Should Know (Update)

In early March as COVID-19 was just beginning to spread in the U.S., we listed the 7 states and 11 cities and counties that give workers access to paid sick time that can be used when their workplace or child’s school or place of care is closed for a public health emergency. Since then, and as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, an increasing number of jurisdictions have enacted emergency paid sick time laws. A Better Balance is tracking these emergency sick time developments nationwide.
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