New York City employers need to be aware of two important employer obligations that are approaching. With the expansion of the New York City Human Rights Law to protect pregnant employees, employers are now required to provide employees with the new pregnancy and employment rights notice as well as offer accommodation. This law applies to employers who have four or more employees. The notice must be provided to new hires on or after January 30, 2014 and to existing employees before May 30, 2014. Under this law, New York City employers must provide reasonable accommodation to pregnant employees. In addition, effective April 1, 2014, the New York City Earned Sick Time Act goes into effect. Employers with 20 employees or more must provide a minimum of one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year. Employers should make sure they are well informed of these legal changes and ensure they are meeting all requirements to be in full compliance.
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