News Spotlight: NYS Passes Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

In order to address the growing pandemic around New York State and the country, Governor Cuomo has signed into law Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave. This law benefits employees who are under cautionary or mandatory quarantine by order of federal, state, or local government and provides benefits based upon the number of employees that their employer currently employs.

NYS COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

  • 10 or less employees: employer must provide unpaid leave for the duration of the quarantine period. If employer made over $1 million in 2019, then employer must provide 5 days of paid sick leave.
  • 11-99 employees: employer must provide 5 days of paid sick leave
  • 100 or more employees: 14 days of paid sick leave for a COVID-19 quarantine.
  • Public Employer (regardless of size): 14 days of paid sick leave for a COVID-19 quarantine.

All employees who are eligible for paid leave will receive their regular rate of pay, up to $2,884.62 per week while quarantined. Employers may not force employees to use other accrued leave before being eligible for this leave. Employers may be eligible for this leave if you must care for a child if that child’s school or child care center is quarantined.

You can learn more about this new emergency leave HERE.

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