New York City statute grants employees new sick leave rights

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by Christopher T. Kurtz, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Garden City

The New York City Council has passed the Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA), overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. The law will be phased in for private employers.

Under ESTA, private-sector employers with 20 or more em­­ployees in New York City will be required to offer each employee at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year beginning on April 1, 2014.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2015, the staffing threshold falls to 15 or more employees.

Private employers with fewer than 20 employees must offer at least 40 hours of unpaid sick leave per year to each employee beginning on April  1, 2014.

That threshold also falls to 15 employees in 2015.

Note: The implementation dates could be postponed if the economy underperforms, as determined by certain Federal Reserve Bank of New York metrics.

ESTA does not cover independent contractors, work-study students, public-sector...(register to read more)

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