New York City has again updated its law regarding employer-provided paid sick leave. The law is now called the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law and became effective May 5, 2018. Affected employers have until June 4, 2018 to post the revised Notice of Employee Rights and begin providing the revised Notice to new employees at time of hire.

The primary change was to expand eligible use to allow leave under the category “safe time”. Safe time was added to ensure leave is available to protect victims of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking. For example, this would include leave to find shelter, register kids in new schools, file police reports, or participate in safety planning. The definition of “family member” was also expanded, and it now includes: “any other individual whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship.”

As before, if an employer has five or more employees who work in NYC for at least 80 hours in a calendar year, the employer must provide a minimum paid leave allowance. The leave must be accrued at a rate of at least 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year. If the employer has fewer than 5 employees working in NYC, the leave allowance is still required, but it may be provided as unpaid leave.

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