In mid-January, 2024, Governor Hochul in New York released her proposed Fiscal Year 2025 Executive Budget. One of the significant provisions in her proposed Labor bill would eliminate New York’s existing COVID-19 Sick Leave Law. This law was enacted in 2020 during the height of the pandemic and it has required covered employers to provide sick leave/paid family leave and related benefits for employees who have been subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
As both the federal and state health emergency declarations related to COVID-19 have now expired, the Governor’s position is that this Sick Leave Law is no longer necessary – and the current budget proposal is that the law would expire as of July 31, 2024. Attached to this briefing are pages from the proposed budget bill and summary relating to the sunsetting of the Sick Leave Law. This proposal is subject to further budget negotiations during the current legislative session.
Of note, the New York laws that previously required employees to be provided leave to obtain the COVID-19 vaccinations recently expired as of December 31, 2023.
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