COVID-19 disrupted the 2019-2020 legislative session that was slated to run from January 8, 2020, to June 2, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic caused the session to be suspended on April 2 and resumed on May 26. The session adjourned on June 10 with drastically reduced legislative activity than in previous years.
Here are the details of one of the most important new laws to take effect in New York in 2021:
New York State Sick Leave
Governor Cuomo signed legislation on April 3, 2020, that established New York residents’ right to paid leave. The New York State Sick Leave (NYSSL) law took effect on September 30, 2020, but as an employee, you were unable to use NYSSL until January 1, 2021. That means you started to accrue leave time at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked on September 30th, but you could not use any of the accrued time until after January 1st.
The new law requires employers with five or more employees or net income that exceeds $1 million to provide paid sick leave to employees. Employers with fewer than five employees and a net income of $1 million or less must now provide unpaid sick leave to employees.
This new law is on top of the New York State provisions already in place that provide emergency paid sick time to employees for concerns regarding COVID-19.
Employers with 100+ Employees
Those who employ 100 or more employees are required to provide up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year.
Employers with 5-99 Employees
Those who employ 5-99 employees are required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year.
Employers with 0-4 Employees
Those who employ 0-4 employees and have a net income of $1 million or less are required to provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick leave. Those who have a net income greater than $1 million are required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave.
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