Starting April 1, New York City’s newly minted paid sick leave law – mandating coverage for all workers at businesses with five or more employees – will take effect. Expectations by city government officials highlight that paid sick leave will now be secured for 500,000 or more New Yorkers.

Signed into law March 20 by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Earned Sick Time Act mirrors similar efforts in San Francisco, Connecticut, Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C. and other cities offering paid sick leave benefits. The new statute calls for eliminating the phase-in process regarding existing legislation, passed in 2013.

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