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By Payne Horning If 2020 was the year of the pandemic, one can only hope that 2021 will be remembered as the year it ended. The distribution of vaccines is taking center stage, but there are other important health-related developments on the horizon in New York. Several new noteworthy laws impacting New Yorke’s healthcare take effect this year. Paid Sick Leave Perhaps the most significant change this year is the enactment of the state’s new sick leave program. Employees are now entitled to at least 40 hours of paid time off each year to tend to their own illness or to care for a sick family member. It’s the latest expansion in the state’s paid leave campaign since 2018 when employees were given paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service. This new mandate affects almost every business — even small businesses with fewer than five employees have to provide paid sick leave for their employees so long as the company has a net income of $1 million or more; those with less revenue must offer