Effective on May 5, 2018 in New York City, employees who are eligible for paid sick time will also be able to use such time off for ‘safe time,’ due to the renamed Earned Safe and Sick Time Act. While the act now includes ‘safe time,’ the employees do not receive more days off, the act simply expands the realm of situations an employee can use their earned time.
Under the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, employees may now use ‘safe time’ to address health, safety, and financial repercussions that they or their families face due to: family offenses, sexual offenses, stalking, or human trafficking.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed this amendment into law on November 6, 2017. Under the law, employers with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours in a calendar year must be provided with paid sick leave. An employee accrues paid sick leave at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave.
To learn more about the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/about/paid-sick-leave-FAQs.page#3