As we covered in our June 2013 and December 2013 issues, New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act becomes effective on April 1, 2014. Yet, having barely been sworn into office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced legislation to make the following changes to the impending law:
The bill is expected to easily and quickly pass the City Council and be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio prior to the Act’s effective date of April 1, 2014.
Given that the Act originally passed in 2013 over former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, the new bill shows that Mayor de Blasio is keen to display his imprimatur upon the sick leave law. These changes also auger a New York City administration keen to make employee protections a priority as promised during the 2013 mayoral campaign. New York City employers should continue to stay apprised.
Note: This article was published in the January 2014 issue of the New York eAuthority.