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Complaints Related to COVID-19 Regulations

Governor Cuomo enacted a law that provides benefits - including sick leave, paid family leave, and disability benefits - to New York employees impacted by mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. If your employer does not comply with this law, you have the right to file a complaint. If you work for a non-essential business, you may not be forced to go to the worksite or otherwise threatened if you do not work at a place other than your home.

How to know if the business you work for is considered essential:

Follow the guidance for determining what businesses are essential that is published on the Empire State Development website.

You may file a complaint for any of the following reasons:

  • You are being forced to work at a non-essential business
  • You know about a business that is non-essential and is operating
  • You are being forced to work for an essential business, however:
    • You do not perform an essential function
    • Your employer is making you report to a worksite when your job could be performed from home
    • Your employer is not following health and safety mandates
    • You are particularly frightened because you are over 70 and/or you have an underlying illness.
  • Your employer has failed to pay you wages owed for hours worked, earned sick pay or paid time off
  • Your employer has threatened or fired you for reasons related to COVID-19
  • You qualify for COVID-19 paid sick leave and your employer refuses to pay it
  • Your employer is forcing you to work when you are sick

Important: Please review the guidance from Empire State Development before submitting a complaint.
File a Complaint

Additional Information and Resources

COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Fact Sheet: Information for employees | Information for employers

Paid Family Leave or Disability Benefits related to COVID-19

Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Impacted New Yorkers

Frequently Asked Questions about Wages and Hours.

Labor Laws Regarding Fringe Benefit Payments:
Section 198c of the New York State Labor Law, Benefits or Wage Supplements
Notice Requirements for Fringe Benefits and Hours

Information about Unemployment Insurance

Information and guidance from the NYS Department of Health about cleaning, disinfecting, and more.

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