Starting today, New York City employees can use paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave law, which went into effect April 1st, allows employees to have no more than forty hours of sick leave.

The law states that paid sick leave is applicable to employers with more than five employees. The official website for the law states that if employees work more than 80 hours a year they can earn up to 40 hours of sick leave each year to care for themselves or a family member.

“Paid sick leave will lead to greater employee productivity and morale and lower health costs,” the Director of Consumer Affairs [DCA] commissioner Julie Menin announced in the DCA’s press release yesterday. “Not to mention that workers no longer have to worry about losing their job if they need to stay home sick with the flu or about losing a paycheck to care for a loved one who’s sick.”

The DCA is ensuring that consumers and business are well-informed about this and have campaigned throughout the city to make people aware of their new rights. Their outreach will continue throughout the summer. ​