Potential New York City Paid Sick Leave Private Right of Action Looms

Jai HookerPaid Sick Leave Updates

On Dec. 20, 2023, the New York City Council passed legislation that would create a private right of action to enforce the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (“ESSTA”). If the legislation becomes law, it would allow employees who allege a violation of ESSTA to bring forward a civil action in court, in addition to filing a complaint with the City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (“DCWP”).

New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Declared Null and Void

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

On Friday, Jan. 13, 2022, a New York State Supreme Court Judge for Onondaga County struck down the New York State Department of Health regulation mandating certain healthcare professionals be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, declaring the regulation to be “null, void, and of no effect.” (Medical Professionals for Informed Consent, et. al. v. Bassett, et al.)

Paid Sick Leave Quarterly: 4th Quarter 2019

Tasha PattersonLegislative Updates

The end of 2019 brought more nuances, but also resolutions to paid sick leave (PSL) state and local laws. For instance, challenges to the Michigan PSL law and Alabama preemption law were resolved, but the PSL turbulence in Texas continues as we await a decision from the Texas Supreme Court on whether it will wade into the PSL controversy.

Paid Sick Leave on its Way to Albany County

Tasha PattersonLegislative Updates

Albany County (NY) will likely become the fourth county in the nation to adopt a paid sick leave law. The only question is when it will be adopted. The Law Committee of the County Legislature held a public hearing earlier this week on an amended proposed Albany County Paid Sick Leave Act.

Westchester County Enacts Sick Leave Law

Tasha PattersonLegislative Updates

On Oct. 1 Westchester County, New York enacted an Earned Sick Leave law, becoming the third county nationwide to do so. Montgomery County, Maryland, and Cook County, Illinois also have enacted paid sick leave laws. The Westchester County law is effective in 180 days.