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Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off while suffering the effects of COVID-19.

Under this legislation, private employers with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for tax credits that offset the compensation given to workers who are absent because of the virus. The temporary rule is effective from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Other elements of the law include:

  • Amount of paid sick leave hours that will be reimbursed — The law enables employers to provide employees up to 80 hours of paid sick leave if they need to miss work due to COVID-19-related illness.

  • Reasons for authorizing sick leave — As part of the legislation, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act compensates employers for payments made to workers who have been advised by a doctor to self-quarantine or who are responsible for the care of someone who has been told to isolate themselves. The law also applies when someone is seeking medical attention for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Child care provisions —The new law also provides direction for the effective administration of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). This measure requires that specific employers give up to 10 weeks of paid, and two weeks unpaid, emergency family and medical leave if they need to remain home because the COVID-19 threat closes their child’s school or place of care, or if their regular child care provider is unavailable.

If your job, or the job of someone you love, is adversely affected because of a documented or suspected COVID-19 illness, it is wise to consult with a knowledgeable employment law attorney who can explain the new sick leave law and help you understand your rights.

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Deutsch Atkins, P.C. represents clients in a wide array of employment law matters. Please call 551-245-8894 or contact the firm online to discuss your legal options with a qualified attorney.

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Neil H. Deutsch
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About Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for…

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Bruce L. Atkins
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About Bruce L. Atkins is regarded as one of New Jersey’s premier practitioners of employment and civil litigation. He has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers prestigious list every year since 2005.  This honor, bestowed upon a recipient by the votes of his peers, is a powerful nod to the skill Mr. Atkins…

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About Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigations such as discrimination, retaliation, and whistle blowing matters.  He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for some of his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a…

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About Diane Englander Peyser joined Deutsch Atkins, PC in September 2018 where she represents employees in wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination matters. Prior to joining Deutsch Atkins, PC, Diane represented clients in all aspects of employment law on behalf of employees involving unemployment appeals, claims of sexual harassment, LGBT discrimination, disability discrimination, FMLA, New…

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