U.S. Department of Labor Issues Covid-19 Paid Leave Rule

Sick leave relief to workersIn recent weeks, Congress has passed paid leave laws for certain workers to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  One notable law is the first federal law requiring businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid short-term sick leave for reasons pertaining to COVID-19.

Some key highlights of the new laws are:

  • The sick leave law requires employers to provide up to two weeks of sick leave at full pay (up to $511 per day) if the employee is directly affected by COVID-19.
  • The law also provides partial pay up to $200 a day to care for family members suffering from COVID-19.
  • The law also requires that these employers provide long-term paid leave for up to 10 weeks and $200 per day for its employees to care for kids whose schools or childcare facilities are closed.

In these challenging times, it is vital to know your rights in the workplace — particularly when new laws are being passed on a weekly basis and changing how employers must operate.

If you have any questions about any of these laws or have another workplace issue that you would like to discuss, please contact us for a free consultant at [email protected] or 800-616-4000.


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