Susan Kline, Indianapolis partner, and Ryan Funk, Indianapolis associate, were quoted in the HR Daily Advisor and Post-Acute Advisor publications in an article regarding a bill aimed at providing paid leave for employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic. After passing the House, the legislation took on changes in the Senate, although the article notes that as of March 17, no Senate vote had been scheduled. Susan and Ryan reviewed the bill’s major points, including covered employers and employees, paid leave, FMLA changes, tax credits, penalties and advice for employers.
Ryan noted that, “The reason this [bill] applies only to employers who employ fewer than 500 employees may be because the government is largely picking up the tab via tax credits, which they want to provide only to small/medium companies.”
The bill would require covered employers to provide all full-time employees who are affected by the coronavirus up to 80 hours of paid sick time, said Susan, in order:
- “To obtain a diagnosis or care if the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. That time would be paid at 100 percent. Employees would earn two-thirds of their normal pay for time off to assist a family member.
- To self-isolate because an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been told by a public official or health care provider to self-isolate. That time would be paid at 100 percent for the employee or two-thirds of her rate if she is assisting a family member.
- To care for the employee’s child if the child’s school or child-care provider is unavailable because of COVID-19. That time would be paid at two-thirds the employee’s rate.”