On April 3, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed legislation establishing the right to paid leave for New Yorkers. New York’s paid sick leave law requires employers with five or more employees or net income of more than $1 million to provide paid sick leave to employees and for employers with fewer than five employees and a net income of $1 million or less to provide unpaid sick leave to employees. This new law is in addition to the New York State provisions already in effect providing emergency paid sick time due to COVID-19.
On September 30, 2020, covered employees in New York State began to accrue leave at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. On January 1, 2021, employees may start using accrued leave.
This law advances Governor Cuomo’s agenda to empower New York's low-wage workers and protect all consumers in the state.
Amount of Leave
Sick Leave Requirements
Paid Sick Leave
Accruals, Eligibility, Permitted Uses
Employees begin accruing leave on September 30, 2020. Leave must be accrued at rate not less than one hour for every thirty hours worked.
All private-sector employees in New York State are covered, regardless of industry, occupation, part-time status, and overtime exempt status.