NY Order and Guidance Affect Employee Leave for COVID-19



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an order making workers ineligible for state COVID-19 leave if they travel to states on the New York COVID-19 travel advisory. In addition, recent guidance from New York state agencies clarifies when health care workers under repeated isolation or quarantine orders are eligible for leave under the state law.

On March 18, 2020, New York enacted a law requiring employers to provide leave to employees who are under a COVID-19 quarantine or isolation order. (Whether the leave is paid, and the length of the leave, depending on the employer’s size.) A subsequent state travel advisory orders a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in New York from designated states with high rates of COVID-19. 

However, an order issued by Cuomo on June 26, 2020, prohibits workers from taking COVID-19 leave under the state law if they travel to a state on the advisory for non-work purposes.

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