Today marks the first official day of city-mandated paid sick leave, which means that more New Yorkers can finally stop dragging their summer-cold plagued body to work, spreading germs, making enemies, and violating important office etiquette laws.

"Today, we embark on the beginning of a bright new chapter in New York City's history," says Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. "The start of paid sick days for over a million newly qualified workers is a momentous occasion that will help build a stronger, healthier New York that lives up to the promise of uplifting all those who call our great City home."

The bill, which was signed back in March, went into effect April 1, 2014, and allows covered employees who work over 80 hours a year to begin using accrued sick leave. The ratio is one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with a limit of 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year.

Employees that began their jobs after April 1st are just going to have to wait a little longer—count 120 days and then take your first paid sick day, go to a fancy restaurant or commandeer a parade.

The laws are mandatory for any company with five or more employees who work at least 80 hours per year. Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave, which is not as good but still something.

"In a perfect world, these are the kind of things our federal government would’ve taken on a long time ago," de Blasio said at the March signing, which took place at Steve's Craft Ice Cream in Boerum Hill. "This is the sort of thing that should be a given in our society-an ever more complex society, people working longer and longer hours, all sorts of family configurations. You would’ve thought a long time ago the federal government would’ve said, hey, people need paid sick leave, they need that basic security, we’ll step in and take care of it on a national level."

For further details on the sick leave laws, employers and employees can visit the city's Notice of Employee Rights which are now available at