COVID-19 & Your Business: Frequent Questions

For what circumstances is an eligible employee entitled to paid sick leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act?

Under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, an employee is entitled to paid sick leave if the employee is unable to work or telework because:

  1. the employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  2. the employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  3. the employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. the employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19, or the employee is caring for an individual that has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  5. the employee is caring for his or her son or daughter if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions; or
  6. the employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

As of April 6, 2020, the Secretary of Health had not yet identified any “other substantially similar condition” for which leave may be available.

Last updated April 9

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