The New York City Council has passed a bill to amend the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, which would require paid time off “for victims of family offense matters, sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking, and their family members”. The new law would allow employees to use “safe time” for reasons including acquiring services from domestic violence shelters and crisis centers, submitting a domestic incident report, or registering children at a new school. Once signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the act will be renamed the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, and will go into effect after 180 days.
According to JDSupra, other reasons to use the Safe Time would include:
- meeting with a civil attorney, social service provider, or district attorney’s office
- participating in safety or relocation planning
- taking “other actions necessary to maintain, improve, or restore the physical, psychological, or economic health or safety” of the employee or of his or her family
For more details on what the act includes, please click here.