NYC Council Overwhelmingly Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law


Led by Mayoral candidate and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, The New York City Council has enacted the Earned Sick Time Act – a new law that mandates all employers of 15 or more employees in New York City to provide paid sick leave to workers. This paid leave requirement will phase in beginning April 1, 2014 for all employers of 20 or more, and will target New York City Employers of 15 or more, 18 months later on October 1, 2015. Employers below the employee threshold for paid sick time also are affected: all must provide the same amount of sick leave, but without pay.

This is the second controversial local law aimed at New York City employers that the Council has passed in the last two months. In March, that body passed a law over the veto of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants based on unemployment status. Mayor Bloomberg has promised a veto of the mandatory sick leave law as well, but Speaker Quinn has a more than adequate margin to override the Mayor’s expected action. In addition, waiting in the wings, after contentious hearings in March, is a bill that would ban the use of credit checks in the employment process for most employers.

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