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Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave due to the COVID-19 virus explained

What:  Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave due to the COVID-19 virus

Effective: Starting April 2, 2020 and expires December 31, 2020

Affects:   Any employer with less than 500 employees.

Exception: Employers with less than 50 employees may later be deemed exempt by the Department of Labor if can prove the provision would jeopardize the viability of the business.

Cost to the employer:

Paid Sick Leave:

Employer must pay up to 2 weeks of paid sick leave for an employee (no specific length of service required) who cannot work or telework due to 1 of the following 6 conditions as a result of a declared emergency related to COVID-19.

  1. subject to federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order.
  2. advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine (self-imposed does not apply).
  3. experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  4. caring for someone who is either subject to a quarantine or isolation order, or was advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine.
  5. caring for a child whose school has been closed, or whose place of care has been closed or is unavailable.
  6. Is experiencing any other substantially similar condition as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Exception: Employers of healthcare providers or emergency responders can elect to exclude such employees from the paid sick leave provisions.


Paid Medical Leave:

Self-Employed Individuals: