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Queens Chronicle

Sick leave law now in effect

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:30 am

The new law requiring most businesses in the city to give their workers paid sick leave took effect Tuesday, and the de Blasio administration began an advertising campaign to inform both employers and employees about it. City Hall also issued a press release detailing some aspects of the law.

Under the Earned Sick Time Act, companies with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours a year must provide them with up to five paid sick days annually. Employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work, up to the 40 hours, or five days.

Companies with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave, and employers with one or more domestic workers must give them two days of paid sick leave. The workers may use the time to care for themselves or a sick relative.

The law will be enforced by the Department of Consumer Affairs. Workers can file complaints about alleged violations with the agency, and it will hold a hearing on proposed rules surrounding the new law on April 29. For details on the regulations, visit rules.cityofnewyork.us. For more about the law itself, go to nyc.gov/paidsickleave.

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