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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


  • New York state law provides various leaves in addition to those leaves granted by federal law. See New York - Leaves of Absence.
  • New York currently does not require state family and medical leave for private sector employees. See Family and Medical Leave of Absence.
  • All employers in New York that permit employees to take a leave of absence for the birth of a child must also provide the same time off to employees who adopt a child. See Adoption Leave.
  • New York's Human Rights Law prohibits sex discrimination and bans employment policies that treat pregnancy and childbirth less favorably than other instances of physical or medical impairment. See Pregnancy Disability Leave.
  • New York employers are required to permit employees the opportunity to vote if the employee's work schedule make it impossible for them to vote outside of working hours. See Voting Leave.
  • New York employers may not terminate an employee for an employee's jury service or for attendance in connection with such service. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • New York private employers with 20 or more employees in at least one worksite must provide a leave of absence to an employee to donate bone marrow. See Bone Marrow Donation Leave.
  • Employers must also notify employees in writing of their right to take blood donation leave. Such notification must be made in a way that ensures employees will see it. See Blood Donation 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.
  • New York Human Rights Law prohibits employers from requiring employees to forgo a religious observance as a condition of employment. See Leave for Religious Purposes.
  • New York City and Westchester County have local laws pertaining to other leaves. See Local Laws.