State Updates

4/10/2020

Colorado
The department of labor updated its rules for Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) to add coverage to:

  • Retail establishments that sell groceries
  • Individuals that have been instructed by a health care provider to quarantine or isolate due to the risk of having COVID-19.

For more information please click here.

Massachusetts
The attorney general provided guidance on COVID-19 on employee rights and employer obligations. The guideline expresses that if an employee is qualified for Paid Sick Leave under the FFCRA, the employer cannot require that the employee uses their personal paid sick leave before using the emergency sick leave from the FFCRA.

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New Jersey
Under the emergency act, the state’s paid sick leave usage requirements have been expanded, they now include time when the employee is unable to work due to:

  • Closure of employee’s workplace, school closure, daycare closure; due to an order by a public official or if a state of emergency has been declared
  • An employee must isolate or quarantine or care for a family member is quarantine due to a suspected exposure and finding by their provider or authority that their presence in the community would jeopardize the health of others

For more information please click here.

Connecticut
For state guidance regarding COVID-19 please click here.

Nevada
For state guidance regarding COVID-19 please click here.

Vermont
For state guidance regarding COVID-19 please click here.

Washington
Paid Family and Medical Leave program has been amended to expanded and clarify coverage.
For more information please click here.

3/26/2020

Colorado – There is a mandate in effect from March 11th that requires up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include: leisure and hospitality, food services, child care, education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments, home health if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and nursing homes and community living facilities. This is in effect until April 9th. Click here for more information.

New York – Effective for 1/1/2020:

  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income of fewer than one million dollars must provide job protection, unpaid leave, and guaranteed PFL and SDI benefits for a period of quarantine or other government-mandated order for isolation.
  • Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or less but at least one million dollars in net income must provide at least five days of paid sick leave and job protection for the entire quarantine.
  • Employers with more than 99 employees must provide job protection for the entire quarantine and at least 14 days of paid sick leave.

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