Starting July 30, 2014, most employees in New York City will be eligible to begin using earned sick leave, accrued under the City’s Earned Sick Leave Act. Doctors Council members passed out leaflets today, and engaged with New Yorkers around the city’s subway stations to let them know about the new law.
“We’re thrilled to be out today, letting New Yorkers know about the new sick leave law,” Doctors Council SEIU President Frank Proscia, M.D. said. “No one should ever have to go into work sick, or choose between working and staying home to care for a sick loved one—and now thanks to the new law—the vast majority of New Yorkers will never have to.”
Under the new law, most individuals who work in NYC for more than 80 hours a year are eligible to earn up to 40 hours of sick leave to care for themselves or a family member.
Doctors Council SEIU advocated for and supported Mayor de Blasio and the City Council’s initiative to create the Sick Leave law, and testified in support of earned sick leave when the legislation was first introduced at the beginning of the year.
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