Following in the footsteps of Connecticut and several cities, the New York City Council on May 8, 2013 passed a controversial sick leave law. The Earned Sick Time Act (N.Y. City Admin. Code §§20-911 to 20-924) grants many employees in New York City up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. For employees not eligible for paid leave, the act provides for up to 40 hours of unpaid sick leave per year. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently vetoed the law, the council overrode the mayor's veto and adopted the act into law on June 26, 2013.

In addition to the State of Connecticut and the District of Columbia, New York City joins San Francisco and Seattle as cities that require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Portland, Ore., will join the ranks, and many other states and cities currently are contemplating similar legislation.

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