What You Need To Do When An Employee Seeks Time-Off To Deal With Covid-Related Issues?
you aware that, just as Covid itself will not be
expiring after December 31 (that would be awesome
if it did though, right?) your obligations to provide
Covid-related leave to your employees are probably
not going to disappear either — at least not entirely.
You know what you gotta do then, right? You guessed
it — speak with your friendly local employment
counsel to determine what you need to do when
presented with an employee seeking time off to deal
with Covid-related issues.
This article originally appeared here.
Employees working in States or localities that
have Paid Sick Leave laws will also get some paid
leave, albeit for a shorter time than what’s available
under paid family leave laws. Some States have
modified existing Paid Sick Leave laws to allow for
Covid-related leave. Some have actually passed new
emergency Covid-19 legislation, granting specific
Covid leave. A number of states and localities are
now specifically allowing employees to take time
off to care for children whose school or childcare is
closed due to the Covid pandemic.
CA, NJ, NY, DC, AZ, MI, OR, RI, VT, WA are among
the States that either provide Paid Sick Leave (and
paid leave for Covid reasons) or otherwise have
laws dealing with school closings and related
issues that may allow leave time, paid or unpaid.
Philadelphia now allows the use of accrued PTO for
Covid reasons. Pittsburgh apparently is poised to
provide employees with up to 14 days’ leave for Covid
issues. Many counties and municipalities also have
Covid-related leave laws as well.
The above is NOT by any means intended to be
an exhaustive list of states or localities providing
Covid-related leave. It is merely intended to make
Janette Levey Frisch is an
Employment/HR Attorney and the
Founder of The EmpLAWyerologist Firm.
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