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Do you need to care for a sick family member and afraid of losing your job?

Posted by Molly E. Cioffi | Apr 11, 2020

The test came back positive, and now your spouse has the Coronavirus. There are probably a million things rushing through your head, one of which could be “what will happen with my job now that I have to take care of my spouse?” Call Patrick Hughes, an attorney at Patriots Law Group, to see if the Families First Coronavirus Response Act applies to you. Let the team at Patriots Law Group help you, so you can focus on taking care of your loved one! 

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers must provide their employees with paid sick leave. The Act also expanded family medical leave for specific issues related to COVID-19. If an employee is unable to work because they are quarantined due to a government order or the advice of a health care provider, are having COVID-19 symptoms, and are seeking a medical diagnosis, then they are eligible for up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at their regular rate of pay. 

In contrast, if an employee is unable to work because they are caring for either a person quarantined pursuant to a government order or at the advice of a health care provider, or a minor child whose day care provider is closed due to COVID-19, then they are entitled to up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at two-thirds of their regular rate of pay.

Finally, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an employee who has been employed for at least 30 days is entitled to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds their regular pay rate if they are unable to work due to lack of child care for COVID-19 reasons. 

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms and need time off from work to get checked out, don't let the fear of losing out on pay stop you. Call Patrick Hughes at 301-952-9000 to schedule your consultation today!

DISCLAIMER:  The information above is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as legal advice for any particular situation.  No attorney-client relationship is intended or created by this information and may not be relied upon based on the above-statements.  Each individual situation is different and therefore a consultation is necessary before any advice can be relied upon as appropriate and accurate for your situation. This information is current as of April 10, 2020.

About the Author

Molly E. Cioffi

Molly Cioffi is an Associate at Patriots Law Group. She joined the firm as a law clerk in May of 2018. Molly earned her law degree from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in 2019 and graduated cum lade. During law school, Molly was an Associate Editor of the Catholic...