Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law

NYC's Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law

*Important Updates Due to COVID-19*

NEW! 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 (PDF, June 2021)
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Note: Update to PDFs in other languages coming soon.

New Amendments to NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law

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, and include:

  • Employers must provide domestic workers with 40 hours of paid safe and sick leave.
  • Employers must allow employees to use safe and sick leave as it is accrued, with no waiting period for new hires.
  • Employers can require documentation when employees use more than three workdays in a row of safe and sick leave; and employers must reimburse employees for any fees paid for required documentation.
  • Employers must inform employees of their accrued, used, and total leave balances on a document issued each pay period (e.g., paystub) or through an employee-accessible electronic system.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees in New York State must provide up to 56 hours of paid leave.
  • Employers with four or fewer employees in New York State and a net income of $1 million or more must provide PAID leave.

Reminder: Employers with 5 to 99 employees in New York State must provide up to 40 hours of paid leave each calendar year. Employers with four or fewer employees in New York State and a net income of less than $1 million must allow employees to take up to 40 hours of unpaid leave. Please continue to monitor nyc.gov/workers.

Law, Rules, and FAQs

Download the Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law/Rules packet. (10/2020)

Read Rules for Safe and Sick Leave Policies. (10/2021)

Read Paid Safe and Sick Leave: Frequently Asked Questions. (11/2020)


Information for Employers and Employees

Under New York City's Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law), certain employers must give their employees safe and sick leave. Click below to learn more.

Go to the Employers page for information about the Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law 
Go to the Workers page for information about the Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law