Starting in 2014, more than one million New York employees will be granted the opportunity to take paid sick days off work without worrying about retaliation from their employers.
Under the new legislation, businesses with 20 or more employees in New York City will have to provide their employees with five paid sick days starting April 1, 2014. In 2015, business with 15 or more employees will have to follow suit. The bill exempts manufacturing jobs, seasonal and work study employees.
The bill also allows for the regulation to be postponed if New York City’s economy worsens, as measured by an index published by the Federal Reserve.