Additional Protections for Temporary Schedule Changes for Employees under New York City Law

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Recently, the New York City Council passed a bill aiming to protect employees seeking temporary changes to their work schedules in certain circumstances. The bill permits employees to make two temporary schedule changes per calendar year, such as paid time off, working remotely, swapping or shifting work hours and unpaid leave when certain personal circumstances arise, including circumstances that would constitute a basis for permissible use of safe time or sick time. Effective July 18, 2018, the bill expands permissible use to include the following:

  1. Care for a minor child or a family or household member with a disability that relies on the employee for medical care or assistance with the needs of daily living, and
  2. Attendance at a legal proceeding or hearing for subsistence benefits for the employee or a family member or care recipient.

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