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President Donald Trump signed legislation granting paid leave to those impacted by coronavirus. Do you qualify?
Here’s what you need to know.
Trump signed into law a bi-partisan federal emergency relief package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, yesterday to help Americans who need to take off time from work due to coronavirus. Here’s what and who the legislation covers:
What paid leave benefits are offered?
- 2 weeks of paid sick leave if you have, need to be diagnosed or are quarantined for coronavirus
- 2 weeks paid sick leave if you are caring for a family member impacted by the above
- 12 weeks paid sick leave if you’re caring for a child while their school is closed
How much money will I earn?
The maximum amount you can earn each day:
- You are sick or seeking a diagnosis: $511 per day
- You are caring for a family member: $200 per day
- You are caring for a child whose school is closed: $200 per day
Do you qualify for paid sick leave?
Generally, these paid sick leave benefits apply to you if:
- You work at a small- or mid-sized company.
- You work for the government.
- You have been employed with your employer for at least 30 days.
- However, small businesses with 50 or fewer employees may be exempted if paying sick leave would cause material financial harm to the business (e.g., causing the business to go bankrupt).
- Businesses who pay paid sick leave will be reimbursed in full within three months through a payroll tax credit.
Does this include part-time workers too?
- This also includes freelancers and other self-employed individuals.
Who doesn’t qualify for paid sick leave?
Not everyone qualifies for paid sick leave benefits under this new law. Here’s who is not eligible:
- You work at a company with 500 or more employees.
- However, your company may offer its own policies related to paid sick leave or other employment benefits.
Currently, these paid sick leave benefits are temporary and last through December 31, 2020.
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