Division of Labor Standards
Harriman State Office Campus
Building 12, Albany, NY 12240
Guidelines for Employers:
Requirements to Notify Employees About Time Off and Work Hours
Section 195.5 of the New York State Labor Law effective December 12, 1981 provides as follows:
“Every employer shall notify his employees in writing or by publicly posting the employer’s policy on sick leave, vacation, personal leave, holidays and hours.”
To assist employers in complying with this provision, the Division of Labor Standards has issued the following guidelines:
- An employer shall distribute in writing to each employee, the employer’s policy on the above- enumerated items. The employer upon the request of the Department must be able to affirmatively demonstrate that such written notification was provided to employees by means, which may include, but not be limited to, distribution through company newspapers or newsletters or by inclusion in a company payroll.
An employer shall post and keep posted in each establishment in a conspicuous place where notices to employees are customarily posted, a notice that states where on the employer’s premises they may see such information in writing. Such information may be contained in a union contract, employee handbook, personnel manual, or in other written form. Deviations for an employee from such stated policy must be given to said employee in writing.
- As used in the provision above, “hours” means the hours which constitute a standard workday and workweek for the establishment, and any other regular schedule, such as for part-time employees. Deviations should be given to the affected employee in writing.
For more information, call or write the nearest office of the Division of Labor Standards,
of the New York State Department of Labor, listed below:
Albany District: State Office Campus, Bldg. 12 Room 185A, Albany, NY 12240, (518) 457-2730
Binghamton Sub-District: 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901, (607) 721-8014
Buffalo District: 65 Court Street, Room 202, Buffalo, NY 14202, (716) 847-7141
Garden City District: 400 Oak Street, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530, (516) 794-8195
Rochester Sub-District: 276 Waring Road, Room 104, Rochester, NY 14609, (585) 258-4550
Syracuse District: 333 East Washington Street, Room 121, Syracuse, NY 13202, (315) 428-4057
White Plains District: 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605, (914) 997-9521
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