NYC Sick Leave Gets a New Companion: Safe Leave

February 26, 2018

On May 5, 2018, an amendment to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act will take effect, expanding the law to allow paid leave to be used by employees when they or their family members are victims of family offense matters (which include disorderly conduct, harassment, and other offenses), sexual offenses, stalking, and human trafficking. The amendment also expands the definition of “family member” under the Act. The law will now be known as the “Earned Sick and Safe Time Act” (the “Act”). The amendment adds to the protections already in place for employees affected by domestic violence, including the New York State Human Rights Law’s prohibition on discrimination against victims of domestic violence and the New York City Human Rights Law’s requirement that employers provide reasonable accommodation to victims of domestic violence.

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