Paid Sick Days for Albany County!

Albany is the seat of New York’s government – and government employees, along with our legislators, generally enjoy good benefits including Paid Sick Days. But an estimated 40% of private sector workers living in Albany County lack even a single paid sick day.

In Albany County, the problem is particularly significant for part time workers (74% lack paid sick days) and service workers (66% lack paid sick days), but is also widespread among transportation, construction and sales workers.

The Paid Sick Days law we propose also addresses a long term problem we are only starting to properly address in our communities; sexual violence. Those who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault need quick and easy access to legal and medical services, and this law would allow them to use Paid Sick Time for those purposes.


Take Action


Contact Your County Legislator

The County Legislature is now considering this proposal for Paid Sick Days. Click below to send a message to your County Legislator asking them to support Paid Sick Days!

Attend the Public Hearing!

When: May 29, 2018
(7:00pm Sign in begins, 7:15pm Hearing Begins)

Where: Albany County Legislature Chambers
Albany Court House, 2nd Floor, Eagle Street

Anyone who lives in Albany County is encouraged to speak. All of us are impacted when workers cannot afford to stay home when they are sick, or stay home to care for a family member who is sick.

Organizational Sign On

We invite organizations in Albany County to sign this letter in support of Paid Sick Days!

Faith Leaders Sign On

We invite leaders of faith communities in Albany County to sign this letter in support of Paid Sick Days!

Additional Resources

Fact Sheet – Earned Sick Days: Key Evidence – Family Values @ Work

Briefing Paper – Access to Paid Sick Days in Albany County – Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Fact Sheet – The Case for a National Paid Sick Days Standard – National Partnership for Women & Families

Fact Sheet – Paid Safe Time – A Better Balance


What’s in the Law?


Who would be covered?

  • All private sector workers. (Albany County Legislature cannot set benefits for federal, state, city and town workers)
  • Workers at small businesses are covered but are provided with fewer paid sick days.

How much time and how is it earned?

  • Paid Sick Time is earned. Employees earn one hour of Paid Sick Time for every 30 hours worked.
  • Employees must have worked 90 days for employer before using PST.
  • Businesses with more than 10 employees, the most Paid Sick Time an
    employee can use is 72 hours per year.
  • Businesses with between 6 and 10 employees will be required to provide less paid sick time (40 hours rather than 72 hours).
  • Businesses with 5 or less employees will initially be required to provide
    up to 40 hours of earned unpaid sick time during the first twelve months after this law passes. Each year thereafter, employees will be entitled to earn and use an increasing number of paid sick time hours based on a stated formula until, after three years, they are entitled to also earn and use up to 40 paid sick time hours.

For What Reasons Can An Employee Take Paid Sick Time?

  • For an employee’s short term illness or need for diagnosis and medical
  • For an employee to care for a family member when ill or in need of
    diagnosis or medical care.
  • To deal with medical, legal or relocation issues related to domestic
    violence, sex trafficking or child abuse.
  • In the event a public official closes a school or place of business due to a public health emergency.

What Protections Are Available to the Employer and Employee?

  • Reasonable notice of foreseeable leave may be required.
  • Documentation may be required for leave of more than 3 days.
  • Workers cannot be fired or otherwise hurt by the employer for taking PST
  • Workers cannot be required to find replacement workers

Who Will Enforce the Program?

  • The Commission for Human Rights will be the enforcement agency.