NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Wednesday, March 18, that guarantees paid and unpaid leave for New Yorkers under mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to COVID-19.
This legislation is very limited in terms of who it covers. It only applies to employees under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation. The order must come from a government entity authorized to give such an order, like the department of health for example. A simple doctor’s note will not suffice, nor will an employee’s voluntary decision to quarantine or isolate. Further, even if an employee is under such an order, this law does not apply if that employee has no symptoms and can work from home. This law also does not apply to employees who voluntarily traveled (not for work) to CDC level 2 or 3 areas, and knew of this disqualification.
If an employee is eligible under this law, they will receive the following benefits based on their employer’s size and net income:
Other important notes:
Due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, this information is subject to further interpretation and clarification.
For more information, please visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/paid-sick-leave-covid-19-impacted-new-yorkers.