On Wednesday, the state Senate of New York greenlighted a bill that would provide paid sick leave to New York workers who are isolated or under quarantine due to COVID-19 (“coronavirus”). The bill is set to go into effect immediately upon Governor Cuomo’s signing.
As more and more social distancing measures are enacted, employers are transitioning their workforce to remote workstations en masse. The COVID-19 outbreak is presenting a myriad of challenges, but for IT teams, specifically, equipping employees with the necessary tools and systems to maintain their productivity is uncharted territory.
On March 18, 2020, the US Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (The Act) and President Trump signed it into law. The emergency aid package contained in the Act is slightly modified from the bill initially proposed by the House. Employers are highly recommended to talk to their legal counsel about whether they are subject to the law.
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
As COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) continues to spread, many employers are seeking out information as quickly as we can provide it. Paid leave laws have started to come into play when considering impacts of COVID-19. When are employers responsible for providing paid time off to employees that may be self quarantining, avoiding the workplace, experiencing an event, etc.?