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In response to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak throughout the country, state and local governments have begun to enact measures to assist employees during this difficult time. This article will outline some actions that New York, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut have taken.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a three-way agreement with the New York State Legislature on a bill which guarantees job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of COVID-19. The bill also includes a permanent paid sick leave policy.
The quarantine legislation provides the following:
This provisions of this quarantine legislation have gone into effect.
Paid Sick Leave
The paid sick leave policy will go into effect on September 30, 2020. This legislation provides the following:
This legislation is expected to be passed. We will let our readers know when these new laws go into effect.
Working from Home
Governor Cuomo has also issued a mandate, effective on Friday, March 20, 2020, that requires all non-essential employers to reduce their on-site workforce to no more than 25% of the workforce. Certain essential businesses are exempt from this order, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.
New York City
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. City businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more are eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help alleviate losses in profit.
NYC is also offering small businesses with fewer than five employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.
NYC employers who are eligible for these two programs should fill out this interest form to receive more information.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the New Jersey Department of Labor (“NJDOL”) has issued guidance for how and when the employees may be eligible for benefits.
An individual can use accrued Earned Sick Leave if they are unable to work because:
An individual could be eligible for Temporary Disability Insurance if:
An individual may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation if:
An individual may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits if the individual has not contracted the virus but cannot work full time because:
An individual may be eligible for Family Leave Insurance if:
The Connecticut Department of Labor (“CTDOL”) has released FAQs regarding employer and employee rights in response to the coronavirus crisis. The CTDOL guidance outlines an array of issues that employees and employers may face during the pandemic, including how and when they can apply for Unemployment Insurance and when they can use sick leave under the Paid Sick Leave law.