Sick Leave And Job Protection Policy for Those Quarantined Because of COVID-19

Date Posted: 
Friday, March 20, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Assembly and the New York Senate reached an agreement on a paid sick leave policy and job protections for New Yorkers quarantined as a result of the coronavirus. This agreement is specifically for workers who are subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation.  The agreement is as follows:
  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide job protection for the duration of the quarantine order and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
  • Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave, job protection for the duration of the quarantine order, and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide at least 14 days of paid sick leave and guarantee job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.
Also included in today's agreement is the comprehensive paid sick leave policy Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in the FY 2020-2021 Executive Budget:
  • Employers with 4 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of unpaid sick leave each year.
  • Employers with 5-99 employees and employers with 4 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave each year.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees will provide at least 7 days of paid sick leave each year.
In addition to the COVID-19 and comprehensive sick leave policies that went into effect today New York State enacted a mandate that all businesses must have at least 50 percent of their employees working from home, though essential services are exempt.  Essential services include food, healthcare, pharmacy, shipping and supplies.

 

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