NEW YORK - Thousands of workers throughout the five boroughs can for the first time start taking time off as part of the city’s expanded paid sick leave law.
The legislation kicked in back in April, and requires working 120 days to accrue time off. Anyone who started working after April 1 must still wait until they've reached that mark.
The law requires employers, including non-profits and small businesses, to provide paid sick leave if they have at least five employees. Those with fewer workers must still allow unpaid sick leave without fear of job loss.
Workers earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours on the clock. They can accrue a maximum of 40 hours of sick time per calendar year.
City leaders have been doing their part to raise awareness to the more than 1 million New Yorkers now eligible. Some say the law make things harder for small business owners, but supporters argue that low-wage workers finally don't have to choose between their jobs and their health.
An enforcement agency will be monitoring businesses to make sure they're abiding by the expanded law.