Sick Leave Legislation Related to Coronavirus
Prepared by Wendy Ludwig, OCCC SBDC | Posted Sunday, March 22, 2020
New federal legislation providing paid sick leave and additional FMLA protection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic becomes effective April 2, 2020 and is intended to ease the economic impact of the global pandemic on employees. I have uploaded two excellent articles covering the rules on sick pay and child care. Potential exceptions for very small employers are likely, but the Labor Department has not yet issued administrative rules.
New federal protections for COVID-19/coronavirus take effect April 2nd
- Expansion of FMLA (expanding eligibility, 12 weeks, ⅔ of normal wage paid by employers)
- 10 days/80 hours paid sick time for full-time workers (paid by employers)
- Potential exemptions for employers with fewer than 50 employees
- Summary of the law from National Law Review*
- Questions? Contact U.S. Department of Labor. BOLI does not have jurisdiction over this new law.
*Note the link called “Summary of the law from National Law Review” was written before the legislation was finalized, so we’re not sure if it takes into account the conference changes to the bill.
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