Without Rules, Sick-Leave Law Leaves Biz in Dark

March 17, 2014 – In The News
Crain’s New York Business

Carolyn D. Richmond was quoted in the Crain’s New York Business article “Without Rules, Sick-Leave Law Leaves Biz in Dark.” While the full text can be found in the March 17, 2014, issue of Crain’s New York Business, a synopsis is noted below.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign expanded paid-sick-leave legislation into law this week, but business leaders are not excited about this. The law is set to take effect on April 1, yet the de Blasio administration has not issued regulations detailing how the law will work. Still, businesses will be forced to comply.

The agency responsible for writing and enforcing the regulations, the Department of Consumer Affairs, remains without a commissioner.

Even without the regulations, the law can still go into effect. But the lack of clarity is making it difficult for businesses to draw up new policies complying. “It really is kind of amazing,” Richmond said. “It’s causing a lot of chaos among small businesses.”