More people in New York City have complained over paid sick leaves against their employers, despite a law that the city implemented in 2014.
2014’s paid sick leave law requires companies with five or more employees to provide paid sick leave. The law only applies to workers that have clocked in more than 80 hours per calendar year, according to the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).
Calling in Sick
Paid sick leaves should not only apply to unwell employees, but also to those that need to take care of a sick family member, according to Liz Vladeck, deputy commissioner of the New York City Office of Labor Policy and Standards at the DCA.
Vladeck added that the law allows workers to have up to 40 hours of paid sick leaves each year. However, some employees have complained about receiving a cut in their salaries. The worst-case scenario involves losing their job if they went on sick leave. In this situation, there are lawyers in New York City who have taken on several cases about employment issues such as those that involve wrongful termination.
Letter of the Law
The DCA required the city’s employers to provide paid sick leave to qualified employees on April 1, 2014. It mostly covers workers in the private sector and excludes those that only work for 80 hours or fewer in a calendar year, which is “any consecutive 12-month period determined by an employer,” according to the DCA.
Government employees for the US government, State of New York and the City of New York are also not qualified for the paid sick leave law. It also exempts employers that have a collective bargaining agreement with its workforce.
Employees in the Big Apple should not be afraid of reporting their employers for violating the paid sick leave law. In case, you feel intimidated, you should consider seeking legal counsel or the assistance of the DCA to help with your situation.