New York expands paid sick leave benefits for 9/11 responders

New York has expanded unlimited sick leave benefits for public sector officers and employees who developed a qualifying health condition as a result of their heroic response to 9/11 rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts at World Trade Center sites.
Under the law, individuals would be eligible for unlimited paid leave at 100% of their regular salary dating back to the time of their diagnosis.
Individuals would qualify for the benefit if they:

  • Currently work for a municipality, public authority or state employer outside of New York City;
  • Have filed a notice of participation in the World Trade Center clean-up and recovery efforts; and
  • Have a qualifying World Trade Center health condition as defined by statute.

Similar paid leave benefits are currently available for New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, New York City Corrections and New York City Sanitation for injuries and illnesses obtained in the line of duty. Outside of New York City, municipalities provide similar line of duty coverage for their paid police officers and fire fighters. (A7901A/S6398, Laws 2017, approved September 11, 2017, and effective as noted above; New York State Office of the Governor, Press Release, September 11, 2017.)

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