Paid Safe and Sick Leave Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers

Paid Safe and Sick Leave Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers

*Important Updates Due to COVID-19*

COVID-19 and Paid Sick Leave. Workers who have COVID-19 or were in contact with someone with COVID-19 can get sick leave (time off) regardless of immigration status. State and local laws let workers take time off to care for themselves or a family member. Download a summary of the state, local, and federal paid sick leave laws in English. Note: Information will be translated into additional languages soon.

Returning to Work During COVID-19: Important Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers. Created by the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), this publication is intended to provide important health and safety information for domestic workers and their employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the publication in: English | Español (Spanish) | العربية (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bengali) | 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified) | 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional) | Français (French) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | नेपाली (Nepali) | Język Polski (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | Tagalog (Tagalog) | ردو (Urdu)

Notice of Employee Rights

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, you have the right to safe and sick leave to care for yourself or anyone you consider family. You have this right regardless of your immigration status.

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. Visit Paid Safe and Sick Leave: Notice of Employee Rights webpage.

Complaints and FAQs

Domestic workers can submit a safe and sick leave complaint by email or mail.

Read Paid Safe and Sick Leave FAQs.

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.

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

Employers: 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.