It is critical that anyone who is sick or who needs to care for family members has the ability to do so without risking his or her livelihood. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act creates an emergency paid leave program to make sure that’s the case.
If you work at a government or private entity with between 50 and 500 employees, these policies will better protect you.
Your employer must provide employees who are unable to work or telework with immediate paid sick time off. An employer can’t require workers to use any other available paid leave before using the sick time. Employers are prohibited from requiring workers to find a replacement to cover their hours during time off, and from discharging or discriminating against workers for requesting paid sick leave or filing a complaint against the employer.
Your employer must provide as many as 12 weeks of job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for employees who are unable to work or telework because they have to care for a child younger than 18 whose school or day care has closed because of the coronavirus. Following the first 10-day period, workers will receive paid leave from their employer that amounts to at least two-thirds of their pay rate.
Note for employers: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides for tax credits to offset the costs associated with these paid family and sick leave requirements.
For more information, see these resources from the Department of Labor:
- March 26, 2020