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  • Labor Law for information about Paid Family Leave

New York City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law gives covered employees the right to use safe and sick leave.

If you work part time or full time at any size business or nonprofit in NYC, you have the right to use safe and sick leave to care for yourself or anyone you consider family.

You can:

  • Use it for health.
  • Use it for safety because of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking. 

You have this right regardless of your immigration status. Retaliation is illegal.

Under NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law, covered employees can use sick leave:

  • For diagnosis, care, or treatment of illness, injury, or health condition or for preventive medical care for employee or anyone employee considers family.
  • When a public official closes employee’s business or child’s school or child care provider due to a public health emergency.

Employees may be eligible for 2 additional days as unpaid leave under NYC’s Temporary Schedule Change Law. See the Temporary Work Schedule Change page for more information. 

Mandatory Quarantine or Isolation

The federal and state governments passed laws to protect workers.

Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The federal law covers businesses with up to 500 full-time and part-time employees. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued regulations exempting certain health care providers, emergency responders, and small businesses (50 or fewer employees) with documented financial difficulties.

  • Full-time employees get up to 2 weeks (80 hours) leave.
  • Part-time employees get their average hours for a 2-week work period in leave.

The rate of pay depends on the use.

Full-time and part-time employees get their regular rate of pay up to $511 per day (up to $5,110 total) for:

  • Mandatory quarantine or isolation
  • Doctor-recommended self-quarantine
  • Medical diagnosis due to symptoms of COVID-19

Full-time and part-time employees get 2/3 of their regular rate of pay up to $200 per day (up to $2,000 total) for:

  • Care for a family member under mandatory or doctor-recommended self-quarantine
  • Care for child due to school or child care facility closing or because child care provider unavailable due to COVID-19 (In this situation, workers are eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of leave at 2/3 pay rate.)
  • Any other substantially similar condition as specified by relevant federal agencies

Employees may be eligible for expanded paid or unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

You can get more information from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.

New York State Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

The state law covers government-ordered quarantine or isolation only. Where the federal and state laws overlap on mandatory quarantine, the federal law applies. State law applies to the extent it gives employees additional benefits beyond what federal law allows.

Employees get leave for the duration of quarantine or isolation. Rate of pay is based on number of employees and, in some cases, business earnings.

Number of EmployeesBusiness IncomeRate of Pay
1-10Less than $1 million in prior yearUnpaid (all days)
More than $1 million in prior yearPaid (at least 5 days)
Unpaid (remaining days)
11-99Not applicablePaid (at least 5 days)
Unpaid (remaining days)
100+Not applicablePaid (at least 14 days)

Employees can use Paid Family Leave or disability benefits for the mandatory quarantine or isolation period not covered by sick days paid directly by their employer.

Exception: Workers who voluntarily travel to states designated as high risk cannot access state paid sick leave benefits or other paid benefits under the law. 

Learn more about emergency paid sick leave for the coronavirus.

You may be able to obtain documentation to give to your employer so that you can receive paid sick leave if you qualify for it and don’t have to go into work while you are sick.

You can request this documentation if you:

  • Have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as coughing, fever, or shortness of breath, and
  • Don’t have health insurance or your insurance coverage doesn’t provide telehealth services

A medical employee or clinician with the Health + Hospitals Call Center can provide you with a quick telehealth screening. This professional will ask you questions about your COVID-related symptoms.

If based on the screening the medical professional or clinician believes you are eligible for paid sick leave related to COVID-19, they will send you the required documentation needed to help you qualify for this benefit.

You will be asked for your name and email address or mailing address so that a staff member from the Department of Health can send you the required documentation. This information will not be collected or used for any other reason.

Call 311 for assistance.

 

 

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If you are an employer, you can find out:

  • Whether or not the City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave law applies to your business 
  • What your responsibilities are if the law applies to your business

Be prepared to provide information about your business so that the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) can provide general guidance about whether the law applies to your business.

Online

Get information on Paid Safe and Sick Leave for employers.

You can also:

  • Submit questions by email PSSL@dca.nyc.gov.
  • Go to the DCA Business Toolbox. With this online tool, you can use DCA's online Live Chat for businesses. Live Chat is available for employer inquiries only.
    • When you open the webpage, click the "Live Chat" button. Then, click the button in the middle of the screen that says "Live Chat with a DCA Representative to open a chat window."

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

 

 

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Learn About Employer Training

Employers interested in trainings or events about NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law can:

Request an Information Sheet About the Law

You can request an information sheet that provides guidance to employers about their responsibilities under the City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law.

Online

Download the Paid Safe and Sick Leave Information Sheet for employers.

By Mail

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Publications are currently unavailable by mail, but you can still get them online.

If you are an employee, you can learn about your rights under the City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law.

Online

Get information on Paid Safe and Sick Leave for employees.

You can also submit questions by email to PSSL@dca.nyc.gov.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

 

 

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Request an Information Sheet About the Law

You can request an information sheet that provides guidance to employees about their rights under the City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. 

Online

Download the Paid Safe and Sick Leave Information Sheet for employees.

By Mail

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Publications are currently unavailable by mail, but you can still get them online.

You can request a copy of the Notice of Employee Rights. Employers must give this written notice to employees who are covered under the City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. 

The Notice informs employees about their right to safe and sick leave and includes information about:

  • Safe and sick leave accrual
  • Use of safe and sick leave
  • Expanded definition of family members
  • Right to be free from retaliation 
  • Right to file a complaint  

Online

Get the Notice of Employee Rights.

By Mail

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Publications are currently unavailable by mail, but you can still get them online.

You can file a complaint against an employer who:

  • Does not give you safe and sick leave, whether paid or unpaid, if you are covered by the law
  • Does not give you the legally required notice of your right to safe and sick leave
  • Punishes you for using safe and sick leave

To file a complaint, complete a complaint form and email it to OLPS@dca.nyc.gov.

Online

Get the complaint form.

By Mail

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Publications are currently unavailable by mail, but you can still get them online.

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) accepts anonymous tips about employers who are not obeying the City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law.

A DCA representative will ask you questions to assist with an investigation.

The results of any investigation are confidential.

Call 311 for assistance.

 

 

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In his 2019 State of the City Address, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the administration is expanding the mission and the name of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP).

You can check DCA's website for updates.

Visit the Department of Consumer Affairs' website.

Workers' Rights Campaign

The Workers' Rights Campaign introduces the newly renamed DCWP as a City agency that fights for every worker in NYC regardless of job or immigration status.

DCWP enforces different municipal labor laws, including: 

  • Fair Workweek
  • Freelance
  • Paid Care
  • Paid Safe and Sick Leave