New York City Considers Mandatory Vacation Time Law

Employment and Labor Law Tip of the Month

The New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor has proposed a bill that would require New York City employers with five (5) or more employees to provide paid vacation time to their employees. Indeed, if passed, the bill would update New York City’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (commonly known as the “Sick Leave Law”), and would require covered employers to provide employees with one (1) hour of paid personal time for every thirty (30) hours of work, subject to a maximum of eighty (80) paid personal time hours per year. If adopted, this proposed legislation would be the first of its kind in the nation, either at the city, state, or federal levels, and could have sweeping operational and financial implications for employers. Employers may be well advised to begin reviewing their existing vacation leave policies and procedures with a mind toward preparing for the impact of this potential legislation.

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