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July 18, 2018

Stroock Special Bulletin

By: Howard S. Lavin, Elizabeth E. DiMichele

As of July 18, 2018, most New York City employers will be required to grant employee requests for two temporary schedule changes per calendar year for certain covered personal events.  This means that subject to certain limited exceptions, an employer must permit an employee to change his or her work schedule for up to one business day if the request relates to:

  • the need for a caregiver to provide care to a minor child or care recipient;
  • an employee’s need to attend a legal proceeding or hearing for subsistence benefits to which the employee, a family member or the employee’s care recipient is a party; or
  • any circumstance that would constitute a basis for permissible use of safe time or sick time under the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act.

This Stroock Special Bulletin provides an overview of the new law, which defines a temporary change in schedule to mean a limited alteration in the hours, times or location of the employee’s work, which may include such options as using paid time off, working remotely, swapping or shifting work hours and using short-term unpaid leave.

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