NYS Paid Leave for COVID-19 

Posted on: 3/26/20

In response to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on New Yorkers, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that provides wage replacement assistance to NY families. The bill signed on March 18, 2020 offers support to most NY employees who are unable to work due to an eligible quarantine- self or dependent children under 18 years of age. Below is a list of programs along with their associated details. 

Paid Sick Leave:   

Under this bill, NY employers are required to offer paid sick leave to their employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 qualifying reasons. Employees are entitled to their regular pay and job protection for the duration of this leave. The duration of the leave is contingent to the size of the employer. 

  • Employers with less than $1M in net income in 2019 and under 10 New York employees are not required to provide paid sick leave. Employees in this category should apply for Paid Family Leave and Disability Benefits. 
  • Employers with over $1M in net income in 2019 and under 10 New York employees must provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave. 
  • Most employers with under 100 New York employees are required to provide 5 days of job-protected paid sick leave. 
  • Public employers of any size with New York employees are required to provide 14 days of job-protected paid sick leave. 
  • Private employers with 100 or more New York employees are required to provide 14 days of job-protected paid sick leave. 

NYS Paid Family Leave: 

The NYS PFL benefits are available for workers who are unable to work because they are either caring for a family member who has COVID-19 or a minor child under quarantine. This benefit is to be used once the employer paid sick leave is exhausted.  

  • This benefit offers up to 10 weeks of partial wage replacement as well as job protection. 
  • PFL insurance benefits cover up to 60% of an employee’s pay, a maximum of $840.70 per week. 
  • The 7-day waiting period is waived for COVID-19 qualifying reasons. 

Temporary Disability Insurance: 

Workers who contract COVID-19 and are unable to work because of it may qualify for temporary disability benefits.  

  • The benefits may be paid up to 26 weeks and will max at $170 per week. 
  • The 7-day waiting period is waived for COVID-19 qualifying reasons. 

NYS Unemployment Insurance:  

This benefit provides individuals who lose their employment up to 26 weeks of partial wage replacement benefits. The one week waiting period is waived for job losses in conjunction with a COVID-19 closure.  

Workers Compensation: 

This benefit is for individuals who cannot work because they were exposed or they contracted COVID-19 in the workplace. 

  • This benefit provides partial wage replacement and medical care to the affected individual. 
  • The worker is entitled to a maximum of $934.11 per week in addition to the cost of medical care. 

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact your Marvin and Company, P.C. representative.

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