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10 Tips for Restaurant Employers and the Notice of Employee Rights on NYC Paid Sick Leave Law

Tuesday, April 29, 2014  
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The Earned Sick Time Act, commonly referred to as the Paid Sick Leave law, went into effect on April 1, 2014. To help employers comply with the law, we've created a short list of 10 tips for employers on providing Notice of Employee Rights to paid sick leave:

1. For all employees who were hired before April 1, 2014, the Notice of Employee Rights must be provided by May 1, 2014.
2. For all employees who were hired on or after April 1, 2014, the Notice of Employee Rights must be provided on the first day of employment.
3. The Notice of Employee Rights must be provided to employee in written form NOT verbally. 
4. The Notice of Employee Rights must be given directly to employees and not simply posted in a common area.
5. The Notice of Employee Rights can be emailed to employees.
6. The Department of Consumer Affair's (DCA) website has Notice of Employee Rights available for download to use in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French-Creole, Italian, Korean, and Russian.
7. The Notice of Employee Rights must include details on how employees accrue sick leave and how employees use sick leave.
8. The Notice of Employee Rights must include details on employees right to file a compliant and be free from retaliation.
9. The Notice of Employee Rights must state your calendar year, including Start Date and End Date. Read more about 3 ways restaurant employers record giving notice of employee rights of paid sick leave

UPDATED 8/21/14:
The DCA website now has the Notice of Employee Rights available for download in 26 languages including English, Spanish, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, French, French-Creole, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Tagalog, Urdu, Yiddish, and Yoruba.

 

UPDATED 8/28/14:

The DCA website now has Timekeeping Tools available for restaurants to keep track of sick leave accrual and use. Use the tool that corresponds to how you keep track of hours worked: DailyWeekly, or Biweekly. Instructions are included with each tool. Note: To access tools, you must use Excel 2007 or later version on Windows/PC computer. These tools are intended as an additional resource for employers. Employers can use the timekeeping method or service of their choice.


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