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COVID sick leave: New York’s paid leave set to end in 2025

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New York’s COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave, a measure introduced in 2020 to support employees during mandatory or precautionary COVID-related quarantines, may conclude by mid-2025. Governor Kathy Hochul’s budget proposal for the fiscal year 2025 includes plans to phase out this law, citing evolving quarantine guidelines and the complexities it presents for new employers. This change reflects updates in public health recommendations and a move towards adapting to the current COVID-19 situation.

The proposed end date for the paid COVID sick leave is July 31, 2025, marking a significant shift in the state’s approach to pandemic-era worker protections. The original law varied the required paid sick days based on the size of the employer, ensuring that workers did not have to choose between their health and their paycheck during the height of the pandemic.

Despite this phase-out, New Yorkers won’t be left without support. The state’s existing sick leave policy, applicable to employers with five or more employees or those with a net income exceeding $1 million, provides up to 56 hours of paid sick leave annually. Additionally, Governor Hochul’s budget proposes enhancements to medical and disability leave benefits, aligning them more closely with the paid family leave benefits over the next five years, ensuring continued support for workers needing time off due to illness.