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Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act Information

A coronavirus relief package passed the House 363-40-1 early Saturday, after hours of negotiations between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin.

The legislation includes provisions for two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid leave for workers affected by the virus, giving small and mid-sized businesses a tax credit to pay for the benefits. It also provides additional funding for Medicaid, as well as free coronavirus testing for patients deemed in need of a test.

The bill has been endorsed by President Trump and is likely to pass the Senate once the chamber is back in session today.  As of the now the provisions of this relief package would require employers to provide each employee, paid sick time for any of the following issues:

  • To self-isolate because the employee is diagnosed with coronavirus. 

  • To obtain a medical diagnosis or care if such employee is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus. 

  • To comply with a recommendation or order by a public official with jurisdiction or a health care provider on the basis that the physical presence of the employee on the job would jeopardize the health of others because of the exposure of the employee to coronavirus; or exhibition of symptoms of coronavirus by the employee. 

  • To care for or assist a family member of the employee who is self-isolating because such family member has been diagnosed with coronavirus; or is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and needs to obtain medical diagnosis or care. 


Duration of Paid Sick Time

An employee shall be entitled to paid sick time for an amount of hours determined below:

  • For full-time employees, 80 hours.

  • For part-time employees, a number of hours equal to the number of hours that such employee works, on average, over a 2-week period. 


CARRYOVER.—Paid sick time under this section shall not carry over from 1 year to the next.


EMPLOYER’S TERMINATION OF PAID SICK TIME.—Paid sick time provided to an employee under this Act shall cease beginning with the employee’s next scheduled work shift immediately following the termination of the need for paid sick time.


EMPLOYERS WITH EXISTING POLICIES.—With respect to an employer that provides paid leave on the day before the date of enactment of this Act the paid sick time under this Act shall be made available to employees of the employer in addition to such paid leave; andthe employer may not change such paid leave on or after such date of enactment to avoid paying out the sick time. If this goes through, it will take effect not later than 15 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

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