Mayor Bill de Blasio joined other officials and volunteers Wednesday morning in Brooklyn to spread the word to workers and employers that those covered by the new paid sick leave law can begin using their accrued days at the end of the month.
Under the law, businesses with at least five employees must provide the employees at least five paid sick days a year.
Employees can use the time when they are sick or to take care of a sick family member.
The law does not go into effect until July 30, but the city is launching a public awareness campaign to get the word out early.
The mayor joined several City Council members and volunteers to hand out pamphlets explaining the new law to commuters at the Barclays Center subway station.
"It gives people a little more economic security when so many New Yorkers are struggling," De Blasio said.
"No longer will parents have to choose taking care of a sick child and a days work. So we really want to make sure people know about this," said Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin.
The city says it will continue to work with businesses to make sure they comply.
For more information, visit the city's Department of Consumer Affairs site at nyc.gov/dca.