Whether you are caring for a family member or fall ill yourself, Maryland workers may wonder if they will receive any paid leave for time off due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The team at the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl explain the state’s current paid leave law and the new Act put in place by the federal government to offer benefits to certain employees during this crisis. If you have questions about leave, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
Maryland employers must offer paid leave to employees for any of the following reasons:
The state’s paid leave law covers all employers, although those with less than 15 employees only have to give unpaid time off for the above purposes. All employees are covered by the law except for:
The president recently signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides paid leave benefits to workers stuck at home because of the coronavirus outbreak. It gives two weeks of sick leave, paid at 100 percent of the worker’s regular salary up to $511 a day.
The Act also offers up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, paid at 67 percent of the worker’s regular salary, and up to $200 a day for parents who must stay home to care for children if the child’s school is closed.
A tax credit will be given to businesses in order to cover the costs associated with offering leave due to coronavirus. Self-employed individuals and gig workers can also receive tax credit benefits. Government employers must provide paid sick leave and family leave benefits to workers.
This Act applies to small and medium-sized businesses, though those with under 50 employees may be considered exempt if paying the benefits would harm the business’s viability, as well as health care providers.
Unfortunately, the law does not mention large companies with over 500 employees, though many of these companies already offer paid leave benefits. However, many large employers have announced they are offering special paid leave policies in light of the coronavirus outbreak to assist employees who are dealing with the repercussions of being off work due to the virus.
If your job has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, our legal team at The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl are here to help. Request a free consultation to get started – we are handling all claims remotely at this time.
There are no upfront fees for our services should our firm represent you. We work on contingency, so you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.
Have questions? Contact us by phone at 410-244-7005 or email us today.