Paid Care Workers

New Amendments

New Amendments to NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law Will Take Effect in 2 Phases
(DCWP is in the process of updating and translating materials. Please continue to monitor

Effective September 30, 2020, employers must:

  • provide domestic workers with 40 hours of paid safe and sick leave;
  • allow employees to use safe and sick leave as it is accrued;
  • reimburse employees who must pay for required documentation after three consecutive workdays of leave;
  • list on employees’ paystubs (or any document issued each pay period) the amounts of accrued and used leave and the total balance of accrued leave.
    Note: For this requirement only, employers that could not operationalize the documentation requirement by September 30, 2020 but are working in good faith on implementation will have up to November 30, 2020 to ensure compliance without a penalty.

Effective January 1, 2021:

  • Employers with 100 or more employees must provide up to 56 hours of paid leave.
  • Employers with four or fewer employees and a net income of $1 million or more must provide PAID leave.

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Paid Care Division

If you are a paid care worker in NYC, you now have a dedicated City resource for workplace questions and complaints: the Paid Care Division within the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards.

Paid care workers include homecare and domestic workers such as:

  • Nannies
  • Caregivers
  • Home care workers (for example: home health aides, personal care aides, home attendants)
  • Housecleaners

The Paid Care Division is dedicated to defending the rights of paid care workers, improving the quality of paid care jobs, and strengthening the paid care system. We support paid care workers in NYC through:

  • Public outreach and education to inform workers about their rights and the availability of City resources.
  • Enforcement and complaint intake and referral to address workplace violations at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Research and policy development on worker demographics, working conditions and industry standards, employer compliance with workplace laws, and the effectiveness of worker cooperatives.

Paid Care Division Brochures

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DCA recently updated the Paid Care Brochure in English and Spanish to reflect changes to NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law and the Minimum Wage. Materials in this section will be updated. Please read Important Updates for Workers for updates to NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law and Minimum Wage. Download brochure in:

Press Releases and Reports on Paid Care Workers in New York City

On March 27, 2018, DCA released report titled, “Lifting up Paid Care Work: Year One of New York City’s Paid Care Division,” which provides an analysis of what the City’s Paid Care Division has learned, model standards for paid care jobs, an overview of its accomplishments, and a roadmap for action it plans to take in the years to come as the Paid Care Division concludes its first year. In partnership with Ruth Milkman of The City University of New York, DCA also released the “Making Paid Care Work Visible” report, which, using focus group and survey results, details the concerns of New York City’s home-based paid care workers whose voices are too often unheard or disregarded by policymakers or by the wider public. Home-based paid care work is a rapidly growing field of employment in New York City and across the nation; paid care workers provide essential care to children, the elderly and disabled, as well as basic services like house cleaning. Yet this type of work is notorious for low pay and status, leaving workers economically insecure, vulnerable, and disrespected. Together, the reports provide critical insight into the growing need for OLPS’ role in the development of innovative policies that raise job standards, and for the Paid Care Division to expand its outreach and educational resources to workers and employers alike in its second year.

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