Effective April 1, 2014, under the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, certain employers with five or more employees who are hired to work more than 80 hours a calendar year in New York City must provide paid sick leave which employees can use for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member.

Employers with less than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave. Employers who have one or more domestic workers who have been employed at least one year and who work more than 80 hours a calendar year must provide paid sick leave. By law, employers who must provide sick leave must give written notice of this law to employees when they begin employment starting April 1, 2014 and to existing employees by May 1, 2014. For additional information, please refer to the Department of Consumer Affairs website at:

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