New York State Enacts Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Quarantines, Lowers Percentage of Employees Allowed Onsite

On March 18, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation providing job-protected sick leave and additional benefits to New York employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York law provides job-protected leave to employees who may not be covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act enacted yesterday. In addition, the governor signed a new executive order today that decreases the percentage of employees allowed onsite from no more than 50% to no more than 25% of an employer’s workforce at a particular location.

In this update, we provide an overview of these new legal requirements and advise New York employers to take immediate steps to implement paid leave procedures for employees who may need to miss work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers who do not have exemptions as “essential businesses” must also reduce their in-person workforces at all work locations by tomorrow evening to comply with the governor’s executive orders.  

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