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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly publicized pandemic that has affected almost everyone in severe ways. At Nisar Law Group, P.C., our New York Coronavirus (COVID-19) and workplace rights attorneys understand the importance of your job and your right to work. Your career does not have to become a casualty of COVID-19. Call our firm right away to learn more about what to if your job is in jeopardy.

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Do You Have Rights if You Are Diagnosed with COVID-19?

With the rapid changes that have occurred in the month of March, many employers just don't know what to do next. Because business is slowing down, they may ask people to take unpaid leave rather than provide them with the accommodations they need to work from home or change their job tasks.

According to the ADA, employers must reasonably accommodate any employee with a disability. As COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, one such disability could be "inability to breathe."

Your employer could make changes such as:

  • Allowing you to work from home
  • Providing you with safety equipment to continue working
  • Providing paid leave if you are unable to continue working

Paid Sick Leave Laws in New York City

As of March 18, 2020, workers may be eligible for paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Anyone working for the government is likely to be covered under this policy, allowing those who have fallen ill or are caring for someone who is ill to receive up to $200-$511 depending on their situation

In New York City, legislation was recently passed that allows employees to collect benefits depending on the nature of their employer.

The regulations are as follows:

  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees with net income less than $1 million: Unpaid sick leave and immediate eligibility for Paid Family Leave and Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) benefits
  • Employers with 11-99 employees with net income greater than $1 million: At least 5 paid days of sick leave, then eligibility for Paid Family Leave and TDI benefits
  • Employers with 100+ employees (also applies to public employees): Minimum of 14 days of paid sick leave

Applying for Family & Medical Leave Act Benefits

Unfortunately, not all businesses are obligated to make what might seem like reasonable changes to their operations. For those with COVID-19 whose employers are not offering the needed help, they may be able to apply for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits. If your employer qualifies, you could be granted up to 12 weeks of paid leave.

New York City grants up to 40 hours of paid sick leave for employees of companies with 5 or more workers. To learn more about these conditions, call a New York COVID-19 and workplace rights attorney right away.

Dealing with Workplace Discrimination

Some employers are not handling the COVID-19 outbreak in an ethical manner. This could mean discrimination against someone of Asian or Chinese descent, citing the phrase "China virus" in order to direct blame. This is unlawful, and doing so could leave your employer facing discrimination charges. If you have filed a complaint for workplace mistreatment, make sure to speak with Nisar Law Group, P.C. about how to proceed with your case.

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