Various federal laws require private employers to grant eligible employees leave from work (either paid or unpaid) to attend to certain family, medical, or other circumstances. Those circumstances include leave for military service or for certain activities in connection with a family member who performs military service, jury duty in federal court, and time off for religious observance.
Many states also have laws requiring that private employers allow employees to be absent from work, either with or without pay, due to specified circumstances. These laws may grant employees expanded or additional rights above the federal requirements (or they may be preempted by the federal law). As a result, employers in certain instances may be required to comply with only the federal law, only the state law, or both. If there is any question as to which law applies to a particular employer or situation, the employer should contact a knowledgeable employment law attorney or contact their state labor department for specific guidance.
The Family and Medical Leave page in this section covers state leave provisions related to family and medical leave in New York. Other key employee leave laws specific to New York covered in this section include:
- Donor Leave
- Jury Duty
- Military Leave
- Victim Leave
- Voting Leave
- New York City Mandatory Safe and Sick Leave
- Westchester County Safe Time Leave
- Westchester County Sick Leave
Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. Employers are advised to check with their state labor department for additional laws related to employee leave that may apply to their company.