Dear NYC Business Owner,

On April 1st, New York City’s historic Paid Sick Leave Law went into effect. Under the law, employers must provide sick leave to their employees, allowing them to care for themselves or their families.

I know business owners around the city recognize and embrace that a healthier workforce is good for everyone. My administration, with leadership from the Department of Consumer Affairs, is committed to working with every business across the City of New York to ensure this new law is implemented effectively and fairly. Please visit or call 311 to learn more about the law.

I want to make sure this law works well for you, which is why we are sending this essential information on what the law means for your business:

  1. What Employers Need to Know will help you determine if the law applies to you, which employees are covered, how leave is accrued, and other important information. Information is available in several languages at
  2. Notice of Employee RightsBy May 1, you must give this notice to existing employees. The notice must be provided in English as well as employees’ primary language, if it is one of the following: SpanishChineseFrench-CreoleKoreanItalian, and Russian. Arabic and Bengali versions will be available soon at New employees must receive the Notice of Employee Rights on their first day of employment, which is when they begin to accrue sick leave.

If the Paid Sick Leave Law applies to your business, please be aware of three key dates:

April 1, 2014: Existing employees, who were already working for your business, began accruing sick leave. Employees accrue one (1) hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

May 1, 2014: You must give existing employees the Notice of Employee Rights.

July 30, 2014: Existing employees can begin using accrued sick leave. New employees can begin using accrued sick leave 120 days after their first day of employment.

Please contact 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) or visit for more information, including the required Notice of Employee Rights and one-page overview in additional languages, FAQstraining events, and access to Live Chat for Businesses. Please check the website for updates. If this law does not apply to your business, but you represent or know businesses that should be aware of the law, please share this vital information.

The City is here to help if you have any questions. Together we can keep businesses strong and keep New Yorkers healthy!

Mayor Bill de Blasio


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