Westchester County Earned Sick Leave Law

Westchester County, NY’s new Earned Sick Leave Law will take effect April 10, 2019.

Under the new legislation, full-time, part-time, and temporary workers who receive compensation and work in Westchester County for more than 80 hours per year are eligible to receive sick time.

Employers with five or more covered employees will be required to provide “at a minimum, up to 40 hours of paid sick time in a year”.

Employers with less than five covered employees are required to provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time.

Epstein Becker Green outlines the covered uses of earned sick time as follows:

An employee may use earned sick time for:

  • the employee’s or a family member’s mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition, or for preventive medical care;
  • the care of the employee or a family member with a communicable disease where a public health official has determined that the person’s presence in the community presents a danger to others; and
  • the closure of the employee’s place of business, or school or care center attended by the employee’s child, due to a public health emergency.

For more on Westchester’s Earned Sick Leave Law including details on which employees and employers are considered “covered”, please click here.


The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. on November 1, 2018, written by Susan Gross Sholinsky and Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper.

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