How Does the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act Work?
When it comes to paid sick leave, the United States is not one of the most generous countries out there. No federal law offers paid leave, and only 15 states and D.C. demand (or plan to demand) companies to do so.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed that. In this article, we’ll explain what the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) is and how it helps employees who have Coronavirus.
The EPSLA is a part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which fights workplace deficiencies caused by the pandemic. The act provides help to both sides:
- Employers who provide paid sick leave receive payroll tax
- Employees aren’t in the position to feel forced to work and can adhere to public health measures
The EPSLA offers ten workdays (two weeks) of paid sick leave to Coronavirus-infected employees. During this period, the employer has to pay 80-hour wages to full-time employees and the average number of hours to part-timers.
If the employee has to take care of a child whose school was closed during the pandemic, they are entitled to additional ten weeks of family paid leave.
The act has several rules of eligibility and exceptions to it, as shown in the table below:
|Qualifying Reasons||Exceptions||Salary Limitations|
Aside from the EPSLA, you can rely only on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—a federal-level act that provides unpaid sick leave of 12 weeks in a 12-month period.
If your company doesn’t fall under the FMLA regulations, you can turn to your company’s policy or state and county laws (if there are any). Check out the table below for guides to individual state laws:
|New Jersey||District of Columbia||Ohio||Georgia|
If you contract Coronavirus—or feel the symptoms of it—it would be reckless of you to go to work, and your employer would be endangering other staff members if they forced you to. Thanks to the EPSLA, you can stay at home until you get better and still receive your salary. Still, you need to request your sick leave and explain to your boss on which basis you want to stay at home. You can send an email on your own, which takes time and is not a sure-fire way of getting it approved.
DoNotPay is here to help you ensure you receive the rest you need! Our app will draft a professional leave request letter using the information you provide.
All you need to do is sign up for DoNotPay and:
- Choose the Request Sick Leave product
- Insert the state the company is in—we’ll show you what sick leave laws are in place (if any)
- Answer a few questions about the company
- Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the request or email it to you
If you still fail to receive paid days off, you can sue your employer and force them to give you what is rightfully yours.
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