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COVID-19 Pandemic Leads to Proposal of Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill

March 13th, 2020

New legislation was introduced on March 5 and March 9 by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rosa DeLauro. The proposed bills would allow workers to accumulate up to 56 hours of paid sick leave and require employers to provide 112 additional hours during public health emergencies. This legislation comes from the recent COVID-19 pandemic that is causing employees to panic over job stability. Due to the safety concerns of this virus, employees are encouraged to stay home if sick. For many people, staying home from work is not an option. Workers who work paycheck to paycheck can’t afford to miss work and lose out on money that they need to support themselves and their families. The recently proposed bill would allow workers to stay home without causing a financial worry. This bill would also help combat the spread of the virus and protect the communities across the country.

The Coronavirus has been sweeping the nation since its start in late 2019. The World Health Organization has recently declared a global pandemic as cases have surpassed 118,000 worldwide and over 4,000 deaths. Symptoms of the virus include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing these symptoms, be sure to get tested as soon as possible. The Coronavirus is highly contagious, and it is important that everyone takes all necessary precautions including washing your hands frequently and avoiding large crowds.

For more information on the current paid sick leave laws in your state, go to the National Conference of State Legislator’s website.

Make sure to review your current paid sick leave policies. To read more about employer policies and federal leave laws, click here.

If you are concerned about missing work do to the COVID-19 pandemic or are unable to make an upcoming legal appointment, contact one of our employment lawyers today at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. for advice on the current paid sick leave laws and for contact options. We are keeping ourselves updated on the Coronavirus and will continue to serve our currently and potential clients. Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online. Located in Philadelphia, PA and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.

 

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