City of New York employees now are entitled to excused leave to undertake a screening for breast or prostate cancer. Effective July 21, 2016, employees of the City of New York are entitled to take an excused absence for prostate cancer screenings under Chapter 96 of the Laws of 2016. Effective September 25, 2016, City employees will be entitled to take an excused absence for breast cancer screenings according to Chapter 74 of the Laws of 2016. Both laws were enacted to include City employees among public employees entitled to take excused leave for these cancer screenings. These provisions permit employees to take a paid leave of absence for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours, on an annual basis to undertake either of these screenings. The entire period of leave is excused leave, not to be charged against any other leave that the employee is entitled to receive.