New York City Proposes Paid Time Off Legislation

Jan 15, 2019
| David Pearson
NYC Paid Time Off Legislation

The last few years have seen an increase in the number of state and local level employment-related legislation being enacted.

These changing laws have had a wide-range of effects on employers, especially those who operate in multiple locations.

One city in particular that has passed and/or enacted several employment laws in recent years has been New York City. In 2018 alone, legislation around paid sick time, sexual harassment, and temporary schedule changes all took effect.

Now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a new law that would have a significant impact on many New York City employees and their employers.

New York City Proposes PTO Law

On January 9th, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced proposed legislation that would guarantee private-sector New York City employees two weeks of paid vacation every year. If this law were to be passed, it would make NYC the first city in the United States to mandate paid time off.

It is estimated that 500,000 people working in New York City do not receive paid vacation or personal time.

Under the proposed law, businesses with more than 5 workers would have to give full-time and part-time employees 10 paid personal days per year. This is in addition to the 5 paid sick days that the city also mandates.

Employees would need to provide at least two weeks’ notice and be employed for a minimum of 4 months in order to qualify for paid time off. Additionally, any unused days would roll over into the next year.

How Would this Impact New York City Employers?

Not everyone is happy with the proposed legislation, with some businesses and experts saying that it could end-up hurting employers and lowering salaries.

Mayor de Blasio, however, doesn’t see it this way. "Every other major nation recognizes the necessity of Paid Personal Time. We as a country must get there, and New York City will lead the way."

The mayor’s office has said that offering paid time off helps to increase employee productivity, prevents burnout and stress, lowers turnover, and improves work-life balance.

The mayor would like this legislation to be voted on quickly, hopefully within a few months. However, he says that it would have to be phased in so that employers can adjust accordingly, especially smaller businesses.

If passed, employers would be required to give their employees paid time off in order to ensure compliance and avoid costly penalties (if they don’t already offer paid time off). 

Ultimately, it will be up to the New York City Council to vote whether or not to pass this proposed legislation.

Will New York City Pass their Paid Time Off Bill?

Employers and employees in New York City will have to wait to see if the City Council decides to pass Mayor de Blasio’s paid vacation time bill.

If the bill is passed, employers will need to take note of effective dates to make sure they take the necessary actions to maintain compliance.

Be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest news from New York City to see when the City Council makes their decision.

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