Employers with five or more employees who are hired to work more than 80 hours a calendar year in New York City must provide Paid Safe and Sick Leave. Employers with less than five employees must provide unpaid safe and sick leave.
Eligible employees are entitled to up to 40 hours of Paid Safe and Sick Leave annually, either on an accrual basis as prescribed by the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs or by upfront granting.
The NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Notice of Employee Rights outlines the acceptable reasons to use safe and sick leave and delineates the definition of "family member" under the statute. As a best practice, these acceptable reasons for leave should be indicated in the employee handbook as part of the company's PTO policy.
Employers are required to provide the Notice to all employees upon hire. Justworks takes care of this requirement for its customers by uploading the Notice to all NYC employees' Justworks Documents Centers.
Setting up a compliant policy
Employers are required to set up a policy that meets the minimum New York City requirements and document the policy in a written form. New York City's paid sick leave law outlines the different methods for accruing and paying sick leave time that will satisfy the city's requirements, which you can read more about here.
Setting up a “front-load” policy may be the most administratively simple approach. In a “front-load” approach, you grant the minimum upfront amount required by the corresponding jurisdiction. If granting upfront, carryover is not required.
You can set up a policy in Justworks by following the directions here.
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