COVID-19 Employer Update
If you’ve been watching the news (and let’s face it, you have) you can’t miss the fact that COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are increasing not just locally but around the Country. While you may feel media outlets are reporting exaggerated accounts of pandemic related illness the reality is that more and more employers are dealing with both quarantined and confirmed positive employees. KBM has seen an increase in COVID related questions and claims being filed for both New York State Statutory Disability (DBL) and Paid Family Leave (PFL). We decided it was time for a refresher on the COVID related rules that came out earlier this year from New York State – they still apply as the National Emergency continues.
New York State has amended both PFL and DBL laws to include provisions for individuals on mandatory or precautionary quarantines due to COVID-19. Regulations are based on employer size.
While the news of a vaccine coming along is certainly positive, the trend seems to be that COVID may still get worse before it gets better. Employers need to be prepared for that call that an employee, or group of employees, needs to be quarantined. Lean on your KBM representative to guide you through this process should it happen to you.