NYC's Paid Sick Leave Law: First Year Milestones
New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law) created the legal right to sick leave for 3.4 million private and non-profit sector workers. For one third of those workers—nearly 1.2 million—the Paid Sick Leave Law (PSL) marked the first time they had access to this vital workplace benefit. In addition to legal rights, PSL provided workers with dignity in the workplace, protecting them from retaliation, including being fired, and employer rules that had required them to disclose private medical information. The law was a critical step in improving the lives of working New Yorkers, securing the city’s public health, and setting a national example of how cities can protect vulnerable Americans.