Gov. Cuomo Signs Coronavirus Leave Into Law

On March 18, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.8091-Ramos/A.10153-Nolan into law as Chapter 25 of the Laws of 2020. This law provides paid and unpaid sick leave for employees that are affected by quarantines related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The new law contains different requirements for employers of different sizes. Small employers with 10 or fewer employees are required to provide unpaid leave to quarantined employees. Medium-sized employers with 11 to 99 employees are required to provide five days’ worth of paid sick leave and additional unpaid sick leave, as are small employers that take in a net income of more than $1 million per year. Government employers, as well as large employers with 100 or more employees, are required to provide 14 days of paid sick leave along with unpaid sick leave. All employees subjected to a coronavirus-related quarantine are entitled to job protection and are not required to use accumulated sick leave during their quarantine-related absences from work. Furthermore, employees with children will qualify for paid family leave if they are required to miss work because they are caring for a child that has been quarantined due to the coronavirus.