One at One: During COVID-19, Do Employees Qualify for Paid Sick Leave to Pay for Childcare?
Posted May 20, 2020
If an employee cannot perform their work due to the need to care for a child whose childcare provider or school is no longer available because of COVID-19, will the employee qualify for paid leave?
An employee may qualify for up to 12 weeks paid leave, at 2/3s their regular rate of pay (capped at $200.00 per day). The Family First Coronavirus Response Act expanded the Family Medical Leave Act and created the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act to include a paid benefit for individuals who are unable to perform their work, either remotely or at the worksite, due to the unavailability of child-care.
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