New York City employers are required to amend their existing sick leave policies as soon as possible due to amendments to the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (the “ESSTA”) that went into effect on September 30, 2020.  These recent amendments attempt to align the ESSTA more closely with the recently-enacted New York State sick leave law, which also went into effect on September 30, 2020 (though employees do not have the right to use accrued sick leave under the New York State sick leave law until January 1, 2021).  To learn more about the recent changes to the ESSTA and next steps that New York City employers must take, read our latest legal update, New York City employers must amend sick leave policies for recent legal changes; new York State comprehensive sick leave law now in effect.  To learn more about the recent New York State sick leave law, read our prior legal update, Comprehensive New York State paid sick leave law (not specific to COVID) to take effect soon; New York employers should be prepared.