Over the past few months we have reported on New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”). The Act, which requires that New York City employers provide their employees with up to five days of paid sick leave per year, is now fully operational.

Beginning July 30, 2014, and as advertised on billboards around the city, eligible employees can start using paid sick leave available under the Act. The Act states that employees may use the paid leave time for their own care and treatment, as well as for the care and treatment of family members. “Family member” is defined broadly to include a spouse, domestic partner, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, sibling, and child or parent of a spouse or domestic partner.

Additional details on the ESTA are available here. And employers should remember to give the Notice of Employee Rights under the Act to all employees, if they have not done so already, and to new employees upon hire.

California, which already affords public and private workers with significant leave rights, has also seen the introduction of state-wide legislation that would guarantee employees in the state with three days of paid sick leave annually.

We will continue to keep you apprised as more states enact mandatory paid sick leave laws and can provide assistance to help employers navigate their compliance obligations under state and federal leave laws.