Those being affected by the coronavirus are going to struggle with their health as well as time away from work. That’s why this new sick leave policy works to help them through the loss of time devoted to their work.
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It’s all about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires private employers to provide employees affected by the coronavirus with sick leave. There are exceptions for health care providers, emergency responders, as well as certain small businesses. If you’re a full-time worker, you can qualify for up to 80 hours of sick leave. Part-time workers can qualify for the average number of hours they worked over two weeks.
There are only certain situations where a worker can take paid sick leave.
A worker can take paid sick leave under certain conditions. They are the following:
- The worker is subject to a federal, state, or local coronavirus quarantine or isolation order.
- A health care provider has advised the worker to self-quarantine due to coronavirus concerns.
- The employee is in the middle of seeking a medical diagnosis due to experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
- The worker is taking care of an individual who has been subjected to a coronavirus-related federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order, or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine.
- The worker is caring for a son or daughter because the child’s school or daycare has been closed, or the child’s care provider is unavailable.
If a worker is sick or quarantined, they will get their full pay while on coronavirus leave, up to $511 per day, which would equate to $5110 in total for two weeks. If a worker is caring for another person or on leave because of an HHS-specified condition, they could be entitled to two-thirds of their regular pay while on leave, which would be up to $200 per day, which equates to $2000 in total for the two weeks.
New policies are being enacted every week
It’s so essential that you know your rights and what you could potentially be entitled to. These are truly new waters for us all to navigate, and we are well-aware that there will be a multitude of questions moving forward.
We want to remind you that we are here to help. Even if that means having a conversation and listening to your story to understand better the processes that you’re undertaking, consulting one of our legal professionals is never a bad idea. We are encouraging you to keep your health, your family’s health, and your livelihood as top priorities. Do not let new procedures and policies get swept under the rug and stay close to sources that you trust during this time. We will consistently be updating you with more information, and we can assure you that we will get through this together.