Paid Sick Leave Law a Nightmare for NYC Businesses

January 24, 2014 – In The News
Epoch Times

Carolyn Richmond was quoted in the Epoch Times article “Paid Sick Leave Law a Nightmare for NYC Businesses.” While the full text can be found in the January 24, 2014 issue of Epoch Times, a synopsis is noted below.

Hospitality representatives expressed concern over New York City’s new paid sick leave law at a forum hosted by Crain’s New York Business.

The new law, which goes into effect in April 2014, ensures workers have at least five paid sick days off a year.

Business owners say fines of all the other laws they are required to comply with already leave them in a pinch. But that is just one side of the battle. The other side is the amount of “legalese” they are required to know just to understand the laws.

“Not only do you need me as a lawyer or someone else as council, you need your HR team to basically have a legal degree and advanced human resource training to understand just all the city, state and federal laws,” Richmond said.

When the laws are not well thought out, she said, even she cannot help. She expressed concern about hasty legislation that leaves businesses and lawyers question too many gray areas.

Three months before it is set to go into effect, she is still waiting on the Department of Consumer Affairs to release the specifics of law. That leaves her and her clients with a lot of “what ifs” that will quickly need to be answered.