Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers

Information for Domestic Workers about Paid Sick Leave in 9 languages

NYC's Paid Sick Leave Law covers domestic workers.

DCA reminds you that if you work in NYC for more than 80 hours a year at a business or a nonprofit, you can earn up to 40 hours of sick leave each year to care for yourself, your child, or other family members. If you are a domestic worker who provides services like housecleaning or child care, after one year of employment, your household employer must provide two days of paid sick leave in addition to the three days of paid rest you get under New York State Labor Law. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for requesting or using sick leave.

Get answers to frequently asked questions to help you understand the Law.

Download Information for Domestic Workers (in PDF). It is available in English, Español (Spanish), বাংলা (Bengali), 中文 - 繁體字 (Chinese - Traditional), Kreyòl Ayisyen (French-Creole), नेपाली (Nepali), Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian), and Tagalog.

Domestic Workers: Do you have complaints or questions?

Domestic workers can submit a sick leave complaint by email or mail. Download the complaint form (in PDF).

For more information, read the full Paid Sick Leave FAQs. If you still have questions, call 311 and ask to be transferred to DCA for information for employees about Paid Sick Leave.

Employment Agencies

Employment agencies that refer job applicants to a position as a domestic or household employee must give each applicant DCA's Domestic or Household Employees: Statement of Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities (in PDF).

Agencies must also use DCA's Job Description Form - Statement of Job Conditions (in PDF) and give the completed form to each job applicant it refers to a position as a domestic or household employee.

Businesses: Do you have questions?

Businesses can contact DCA in the following ways:
Employers should be prepared to provide information about their business so that DCA can provide general guidance about whether the law applies to their business.