COVID-19 Leave Obligations for New York Employers

May 5, 2020

By: Shari A. Alexander

New York and the federal government have both passed laws requiring employers to provide emergency leave to employees related to COVID-19, including the New York Emergency Paid Sick Leave Law (the “NY EPSL”) and the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”).  New York employees are eligible for benefits under the NY EPSL when the benefits provided by that law exceed those provided by the FFCRA.  The below chart summarizes the benefits available under each of these laws, however, given the myriad issues related to, among other things, overlapping legal schemes, we recommend that employers consult with employment counsel when dealing with requests for leave.   

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