If you work in New York City, you can earn up to 40 hours of sick leave each year to take care for yourself, your child, and other family members. You can also use this time to if you or a family member may be the victim of any act or threat of domestic violence or unwanted sexual physical contact, stalking, or human trafficking and you need to take actions necessary to restore the physical, psychological, or economic health or safety of you or your family members or to protect those who associate or work with you.
- If your employer has 5 or more employees, you have a right to paid leave.
- If your employer had fewer than 5 employees, you have a right to unpaid leave.
- It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for requesting or using this leave.
Under federal law, if your employer has 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius, you may also have the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year to care for your own serious medical condition, your spouse’s, child’s or parent’s serious medical condition, or to bond with a new child.
Under New York State law, most workers are eligible to take paid family leave to bond with a new child, care for a close relative with a serious health condition, or to address certain military family needs.