The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has published an updated form of its notice regarding the City's amended Paid Sick Leave Law (PSL). Effective January 1, 2021, the updated notice must be provided to all current employees and provided to new employees at commencement of employment. A link to the updated PSL notice is provided here.
On September 28, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed a local law amending the City's PSL to align with New York State's sick leave law, both of which took effect on September 30, 2020. (Links to our prior advisories can be found here and here.)
The PSL requires that employers notify their employees of their rights under the law, including:
- Providing employees a written safe and sick leave policy that explains how to use these benefits; and
- Informing employees how much safe and sick leave they have used and how much is available each pay period.
Employees become eligible to use paid sick leave under the PSL and the New York State sick leave law on January 1, 2021. Employers should revisit the terms of their leave policies to ensure compliance with these new laws and consult with counsel before taking any employment action that involves an employee's protected activity under these laws.