Are you covered?
You will be covered if your employer has fewer than 500 employees, regardless of the length of your employment.
However, if you are a healthcare provider or emergency responder, your employer may exempt you from Emergency Paid Sick Leave.
Do you qualify?
You will be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave if you are:
- subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
- advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;
- experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis;
- caring for an individual, whether or not they are a family member, subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order or advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;
- caring for your minor child if the child’s school or place of care is closed or the child’s care provider is unavailable due to public health emergency;
- experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.
What can you get?
80 hours of paid sick leave at your regular pay rate for your own Covid-19 quarantine or illness. However, benefits are capped at $511 per day and $5,110 total.
80 hours of sick leave at 2/3s your regular pay rate if you are caring for an individual subject to Covid-19 quarantine or your own minor child or you experiencing a different qualifying illness. However, benefits are capped at $200 per day and $2,000 total.
If you are part-time, your pay rate will be based on the average number of hours you worked in the previous six months.
If you have worked for your employer for less than six months, your pay rate will be based on average number of hours you would normally be scheduled to work over a two-week period.
How do you get it?
Request Emergency Paid Sick Leave leave and fill out any paperwork provided by your employer and obtain any doctor’s statements required.
For more information or questions contact the author Charlotte Croson.