Emily E. Harper, Esq., Bond Schoeneck & King, Garden City
A new law signed into effect just before the end of last year provides leave time for a select group of employees.
As of Dec. 22, 2014, employers in New York must grant leave to employees who also serve as volunteer emergency responders during times when the governor has declared a state of emergency or if a federal emergency has been declared.
More than 96,000 New Yorkers serve as volunteer firefighters.
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to integrate the new requirement into your leave policies.
Who is eligible?
Employees eligible for such leave include volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance service personnel who have given their employer prior written documentation regarding their volunteer status or whose volunteer duties are related to the declared emergency.
In general, the leave may be unpaid.
However, an emergency services volunteer may ch...(register to read more)