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HR Update: New York Expands Paid Sick Leave

By March 23, 2020 No Comments

On March 19, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed a bill to guarantee paid leave for New Yorkers under mandatory or precautionary quarantine for COVID-19, effective immediately. 

Large employers (100 or more employees), and all public employers must provide 14 days of paid leave. Employers with 11 to 99 employees, or with 10 of fewer employees but more than $1 million in net income, must provide 5 days of paid sick leave then unpaid leave during the quarantine order. Employers with less than 10 employees, but a net income less than $1 million won’t be required to offer paid sick leave, but their employees must be granted unpaid leave until the quarantine is lifted.

 Although these provisions are temporary, the bill also guarantees sick leave to all employees of private employers starting on or about September 14, 2020 as follows: 

  • 5 unpaid sick day per year for small employers (1-4 employees);
  • 5 paid sick days per year for medium employers (5-99 employees) and small employers who generate a net income of $1 million per year.
  • 7 paid sick days per year for large employers.

Additional information can be found here.

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