Medical Absences from Work

New York state mandates that employers offer sick leave, and offers Paid Family Leave and disability benefits. Learn more on their website.

PAID SICK LEAVE

New York state recently passed an emergency expansion of the paid sick leave laws.  Learn more here, or view benefits listed by size of employer below the cut.

These laws refer to “precautionary or mandatory order[s] of quarantine or isolation.” All that really means is that you have reason to think you may have Covid-19, and a health professional or government official has verified your claim. Here’s how you obtain an order of quarantine or isolation.

PAID FAMILY LEAVE AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

New York state’s website offers guidance on obtaining Paid Family Leave and disability benefits

 

BENEFITS BY EMPLOYER SIZE

Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide their workers:

  • Job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
  • Guaranteed 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 their workers:

  • At least 5 days of paid sick leave
  • Job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
  • Guaranteed 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 their workers:

  • At least 14 days of paid sick leave
  • Guaranteed job protection for the duration of the quarantine order

Employees are not covered if they:

  • Willingly travel to a country with a CDC-level two or three health notice in a capacity other than their job, if they were provided notice, after the passage of this bill
  • Are asymptomatic or have not been diagnosed, and can continue to work while in isolation

 

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