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New York City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Legislation




Basic Needs/Economic Stability, Family Leave

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ZERO TO THREE Policy Center state updates



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In May 2013, the New York City Council passed legislation requiring employers with 20 or more workers to provide paid sick leave. Employees who have worked at least four months will receive five paid sick days per year to care for themselves or their ill family members.

The law will go into effect on April 1, 2014 and will expand its reach to employers with 15 or more workers in October 2015. Manufacturing companies are exempt, and the bill includes a provision that allows for the regulation to be postponed if the city’s economy worsens, as measured by an index published by the Federal Reserve.

Approximately 100 million New Yorkers who currently do not receive paid time off for illness will become eligible for the benefit when the law is fully implemented in 2015. Similar measures have already passed in San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle.

Learn more about the benefits of paid sick leave and other family leave by reading the ZERO TO THREE policy brief Building a Secure & Healthy Start: Family Leave in the Early Years at

Updated December 2013


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