N.Y. General Business Law Section 17
Days of rest and recreation


One day a week may be set aside for rest and recreation.


A day of rest and recreation may be determined by the owners of a business or commercial enterprise, which shall include a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.


A retail merchants association or organization shall not have the right to determine a day of rest and recreation for any of its members.


Any person, corporation or association who knowingly attempts to force or coerce an owner or manager of a business to make a determination in violation of this section shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars and not more than five hundred dollars and for a second or other offense, where the party shall have been previously convicted thereof, it shall be punishable by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars and not more than two thousand dollars.


No provision of this section shall be construed to prohibit any owner from doing business seven days a week, where any other general, special or local law, rule or regulation does not specifically prohibit such activity.

Source: Section 17 — Days of rest and recreation, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/GBS/17 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

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Sep. 22, 2014

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