Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Impacted New Yorkers

Supporting Families Affected By COVID-19

In response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has guaranteed workers job protection and financial compensation in the event they, or their minor dependent child, are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the Department of Health, local board of health, or any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19.

Most employees will get financial compensation by using a combination of benefits, which may include new employer-provided paid sick leave (depending on the size of the employer), Paid Family Leave and disability benefits. These benefits are not available to employees who are able to work through remote access or other means.

As always, Paid Family Leave can also be used to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

Paid Sick Leave

Some employers in New York State are now required to provide at least five days of job protected, paid sick leave to employees who need to take leave because they or their minor dependent child are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. The amount of paid sick leave an employer is required to provide depends on the number of employees they have and the employer’s net annual income.

If your employer does not provide the required paid sick leave, you may file a complaint with the NYS Department of Labor.

For more information on paid sick leave, please visit the NY Governor Cuomo website.

Compliments of the Office of NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.