New York State Leave Laws

New York State employers with 20 or more employees are required to comply with state leave laws.  To be eligible for these unpaid leaves from work, an employee must be scheduled to work an average of 20 or more hours per week.  New York State has the following state leave laws.

  • Bone Marrow Donor Leave – provides up to 24 hours of unpaid leave to seek or undergo a medical procedure to donate bone marrow.
  • Witness or Victim Act – provides unpaid leave to appear as a witness, consult with the DA, exercise legal rights in connection with criminal procedure law or Family Court.
  • Leave for Military Spouses – provides up to 10 days of unpaid leave to an employee whose spouse is a member of the armed forces of the United States, national guard or reserves who has been deployed during a period of military conflict, to a combat theater or combat zone of operations, and is on leave while deployed.
  • Blood Donation Leave – grants one leave of absence (up to 3 hours) of unpaid leave in any calendar year to an employee who seeks to donate blood off premises, or provides paid time to donate blood during working hours at least two times per year at an employer-sponsored blood drive at the workplace.


In addition, RIT complies with New York State Paid Family Leave.