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Helpful Pandemic Information

The unprecedented situation with the Corona Virus or Covid-19 creates many issues that Americans may not be prepared to handle. The first and most important action that we can all take is to remain calm and follow the extensive handwashing and social distancing guidelines per the CDC.

If you are in a situation where you must work in environments around many people, such as in healthcare or other essential industry, it is important that you keep your contacts with others to a minimum and follow the protocols.

From a legal perspective, if you contract the virus due to your work you may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits. As with any claim, you will need proof as to the origin of the virus or evidence of direct contact with an infected individual at work. This is all a very fluid situation and the ability to prove an exposure solely at work may become more difficult.

Work Comp and Lay Off

If you or a family member were working under a medical restriction due to a work injury and have been laid off as a result of the virus concerns, you should be reinstated to full Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Stimulus Package – CARE Act
$1200 – Checks for Adult Americans
$350 Billion Forgivable Loans to Small Business
$500 Billion to Back Loans and Assist Big Business
$250 Billion for Unemployment Insurance
$600 a week for Laid Off Workers

 Changes to paid sick leave and paid FMLA leave from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The CARES Act makes small changes to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in regard to paid sick leave, paid FMLA and more.

These changes include:
• Paid family and medical leave (FMLA) under the FFCRA is capped at $200 per day and $10,000 total per employee.

  • Paid sick leave under the FFCRA is capped at $511 per day and $5,110 total per employee. This amount drops to $200 per day and $2000 total for sick leave taken by an employee in order to care for a family member in quarantine or care for a child whose school has closed.
  • Workers that were laid off after March 1, 2020, but then rehired, are eligible for paid FMLA leave provisions described in the FFCRA immediately instead of needing to be an employee for 30 days.
  • Businesses can keep money that they would have deposited for payroll taxes in anticipation of refunds from the Treasury Department for paid sick leave and paid FMLA leave outlined by the FFCRA, including amounts that would have been refunded later.

 

Rudberg Law Offices, LLC is open for business. Although, our physical office is closed per the order of Governor Wolf, we are working remotely and are able and available to assist you with any questions that you may have.

We will get through this together! Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help! Please call 412-877-6688 or email [email protected]. Stay safe.