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NYC Paid Sick Leave: Key Provisions for Employers

(1379 reviews)

Produced on October 20, 2014

$ 59 Labor & Employment Law, Employee Benefits, and Public Interest Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

You are an experienced general corporate attorney, handling a variety of business law matters, and are also frequently called upon to draft employee policies and procedures on behalf of companies. Then one afternoon, you receive a phone call from the HR manager of an old client company. She tells you she has heard media reports that the New York City Council has passed mandatory paid sick leave legislation, and she wants to know how and whether it will impact her company. The company also intends to update its employee handbook in the near future. Accordingly, the HR manager needs practical information and sound advice on the new sick leave law on an expedited basis. What do you do?  


Andrew W. Singer, Esq. and Jason B. Klimpl, Esq. of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP are intimately familiar with the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, having themselves contributed to the final version of the legislation. In this course, Andrew and Jason walk you through the legislation’s key requirements and how to enact compliant and business-savvy policies.  


Learning Objectives:

I.    Help clients develop policies and procedures compliant with the New York City Earned Sick Time Act and its implementing regulations

II.   Achieve an expedited handling of the HR manager’s inquiries regarding sick leave policies

III.  Avoid undue expense and obtain quick resolutions

IV.  Represent businesses and companies in implementing sound, practical and lawful leave policies



Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Andrew W. Singer

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, LLP

Andrew W. Singer leads Tannenbaum Helpern's Employment Law Practice Group, which offers a full spectrum of legal services from everyday counseling to complex employment litigation. With extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, he regularly advises companies with various human resource and compliance issues:


  • draft and negotiate employment agreements and executive compensation structures
  • draft non-competition, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements
  • counsel companies on restrictive covenant enforceability
  • draft and negotiate severance agreements


  • wage and hour compliance, including overtime computation and exemptions from overtime, minimum wage, payment and deduction from wages, commissions and draw structures, bonus and incentive compensation, governmental wage and hour audits, recordkeeping, and federal and state labor laws
  • independent contractors, misclassification analyses, consulting agreements, and governmental audits
  • privacy concerns, including federal and state workplace privacy laws, off-duty conduct laws, drug-testing, and background and credit-checks

HR Policies

  • social media policies and technology and e-mail usage policies
  • anti-discrimination, including sexual harassment, retaliation, accommodating the disabled and religion, and handling internal corporate investigations
  • employee termination, WARN Act compliance, and COBRA
  • human resource and compliance counseling, including drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, drafting job descriptions, vacation and PTO policies, family and medical leave compliance, military leave policies, and issues related to employment applications

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • defend discrimination and retaliation claims based upon sex, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, age and any other protected class in federal and state courts
  • handle discrimination matters filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • A frequent speaker on employment law topics and emerging trends, Andrew regularly conducts training seminars for supervisory and managerial employees covering equal employment laws and sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour laws, independent contractor misclassification, workplace violence, social media policies, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave policies, workforce reduction and the WARN Act, and other employment law developments.

Andrew has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Jason B. Klimpl

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Jason B. Klimpl is a partner in the firm's Employment, Staffing Law, and Corporate practice groups and Associate General Counsel to the New York Staffing Association. Jason advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, such as:

Equal opportunity actions and policies, including allegations and charges of discrimination or retaliation before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and policies and respectful workplace training relating to disabilities, religious accommodations, sexual harassment, and all other forms of discrimination;

Employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including drafting and reviewing employment agreements and provisions relating to bonuses, draw and commission structures, non-solicitation, non-competition, and confidentiality;

Healthcare reform implementation, including affordability and minimum value requirements, employer coverage determinations, employee status reviews, filing and notice mandates, compliance penalties, and small business tax credits;

Independent contractor and consulting issues, including drafting and reviewing consulting agreements, performing independent contractor misclassification analyses, and responding to governmental audits;

Reductions in force, including the federal WARN Act and analogous state laws, protected group termination impact analyses, separation agreements and general releases, and COBRA;

Technology and privacy concerns, including drafting and reviewing online social media policies, technology and e-mail usage policies, federal and state workplace privacy laws, off-duty conduct laws, drug-testing, background and credit checks; and

Human resource and compliance counseling, including drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, job descriptions for overtime and ADA compliance, disability and family and medical leave compliance, vacation and PTO policies, military leave laws, meal and break requirements, jury duty and voting leave, and employment application issues.

In addition, Jason has prepared numerous articles and presentations on employment matters, such as:

  • sexual harassment and workplace discrimination;
  • the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • healthcare reform (the Affordable Care Act)
  • social media policies
  • wage and hour laws
  • independent contractor misclassification
  • the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave policies
  • workforce reductions and the WARN Act
  • governmental enforcement initiatives
  • various developments in employment law
  • staffing industry concerns


Michele B.

Excellent course!

Jeffrey A.

Very good overview.

Darrell N.

interesting topic and information provided that will assist in advising clients

Brenna M.

Informative program

Daniel O.

Useful course.

Sandra K.

This was very useful for my practice.

Jonathan S.

Excellent presentation of the materials.



David H.

This course was informative and useful.

Robert H.

Excellent. Full of practical information.

Carol P.

Practical info

Catherine M.

very informative!

connie b.


James A.

very useful program for NYC lawyers

Nadia M.

I appreciate their inclusion of the coverage of domestic workers under paid sick leave laws and other worker protections.

Sam C.

I liked the Q&A format with two speakers.

Frieda R.

well presented, organized format

David G.

An extremely informative program.

Kirl F.


Nan K.

Great course. Very well presented

Thomas B.

The speakers did a very good job with the background f the law and some of the subsequent clarifications provided by the City. They also had some very useful suggestion sand insights on potential issues, i.e.., domestic workers; carry over hours; retalia

Rommel M.


George W.

particularly timely and useful

Rosemarie C.

Very helpful and informative.

Stephen D.

The multiple speaker format is good.

Otto M.

Well Presented

Randi M.

very good

Edward K.

Topical and insightful

Peter C.

Good proxy.

Joanne C.

Good detail

Kenneth G.

One of the best Lawline programs I have ever taken

michael s.

Well Done & Informative

Wil H.

Good course. Interesting topic.

Emmanuel F.

Excellent presentation

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