The New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act went into effect on May 5, 2018, meaning employees are now able to use their accrued sick / safe time for an expanded list of reasons outlined in the act. This list includes obtaining service from a domestic violence shelter, participating in safety planning, and enrolling a child in a new school. Fox Rothschild LLP outlines the additional reasons as follows:
- to obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, rape crisis center, or other shelter or services program for relief from a family offense matter, sexual offense, stalking, or human trafficking;
- to participate in safety planning, temporarily relocate, or take other actions to increase the safety of the employee or employee’s family members from future family offense matters, sexual offenses, stalking, or human trafficking;
- to meet with a civil attorney or other social service provider to obtain information and advice on, and prepare for or participate in, any criminal or civil proceeding, including, but not limited to, matters related to a family offense matter, sexual offense, stalking, human trafficking, custody, visitation, matrimonial issues, orders of protection, immigration, housing, discrimination in employment, housing, or consumer credit;
- to file a complaint or domestic incident report with law enforcement;
- to meet with a district attorney’s office;
- to enroll children in a new school; or
- to take other actions necessary to maintain, improve, or restore the physical, psychological, or economic health or safety of the employee or employee’s family member or to protect those who associate or work with the employee.
Employers must distribute the updated Notice of Rights to employees by June 4, 2018.
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