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Other Leaves: New York

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in New York. See Leaves of Absence.
  • New York employers may be required to provide adoption leave, family military leave, paid family leave and pregnancy leave under state law. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Under New York's sick and safe leave law, most employers are required to provide paid sick and safe leave to eligible employees. Certain smaller employers are required to provide unpaid sick and safe leave. See Paid Sick Leave.
  • New York employers must provide up to two hours of paid time off to vote. See Voting Leave.
  • Military servicemembers have reinstatement rights under New York law. See Military Leave.
  • New York law requires same-sex committed partners to be treated the same as married couples under an employer's bereavement leave policy. See Bereavement Leave.
  • New York allows employees to take time off to respond to a jury summons or to comply with a subpoena related to a crime of which the employee is a victim or witness. See Jury Duty Leave; Crime Victim and Witness Leave.
  • It is an unlawful discriminatory practice for a covered employer to refuse to provide a reasonable accommodation when a victim of domestic violence must be absent from work for a reasonable time and for a qualifying reason. See Domestic Violence Leave.
  • Employers with 20 or more employees must allow an employee to take leave to donate blood or bone marrow. See Bone Marrow Donor Leave; Blood Donor Leave.
  • An employer must grant a leave of absence to an employee performing duties as a volunteer firefighter or member of a volunteer ambulance service during a declared emergency. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • An employer may be required to reasonably accommodate an employee who needs time off for a religious observance. See Leave for Religious Purposes.
  • Localities including New York City and Westchester County have requirements pertaining to other leaves. See Local Requirements.