BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – New Yorkers have access to new paid sick leave benefits starting January 1.

The leave can be used for personal illness, to care for a sick family member, or to meet the safety needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, criminal harassment or human trafficking.

Workers earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours of work. The law is retroactive to September 30, 2020.

The new law also requires companies to provide different levels of sick leave per year depending on their size:

  • Companies with 100 or more employees must provide up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave
  • Companies with five to 99 employees must allow up to five days (40 hours) of paid sick leave
  • Businesses with fewer than five employees but net income greater than $ 1 million should allow up to five days (40 hours) of paid sick leave
  • Businesses with fewer than five employees and net income of less than $ 1 million should allow up to five days (40 hours) of sick leave without pay

Before this law, about 1.3 million New Yorkers did not have access to paid sick leave. Almost one in four workers said they had been made redundant or threatened with dismissal for taking sick leave.

“Even before the coronavirus pandemic, we knew that no one should have to make the unimaginable choice between keeping their job or taking care of themselves or a loved one. This public health crisis has further alleviated this need. Now, as we continue to fight COVID and build a stronger New York City, we are extending this basic right to all New Yorkers. New York has a long history of defending workers ‘rights, and this toughest paid sick leave law in the country will help millions of our neighbors stay healthy, a boon to both companies’ bottom line and the well-being of New Yorkers. -Yorkais. “

Governor Andrew Cuomo

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