Paid Safe and Sick Leave: What Employees Need to Know

Paid Safe and Sick Leave: What Employees Need to Know

New amendments to NYC’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law) took effect on September 30, 2020 and January 1, 2021. If you work part time or full time at any size business or nonprofit in NYC or if you work in an NYC household as a domestic worker, read the fact sheet below to understand employee rights. Under the Law, covered employees have the right to use safe and sick leave for:

  • health, including the care and treatment of themselves or a family member; and
  • safety, including to seek assistance or take other safety measures if the employee or a family member may be the victim of any act or threat of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking.

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Notice of Employee Rights

If you are a covered employee, your employer must give you written Notice of your right to safe and sick leave. You have a right to the Notice in English and in your primary language if a translation is available on the DCWP website Keep a copy of the Notice you are given. Your employer must also post the Notice in the workplace in an area that is visible and accessible to employees. Visit Paid Safe and Sick Leave: Notice of Employee Rights webpage.


Your employer cannot retaliate against you for requesting or using safe and sick leave. Retaliation includes any threat, discipline, discharge, demotion, suspension, or reduction in your hours, or any other adverse employment action against you for exercising or attempting to exercise any right guaranteed under the Law, which includes actions related to perceived immigration status or work authorization.


You may file a complaint with DCWP. To get the complaint form, go to or contact 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC).