Q: Are we required to provide paid sick leave to an employee who tests positive for COVID-19?
A: No. This is a change from federal policy when the coronavirus first arrived.
The federal Families First Coronavirus Relief Act required employers to provide paid sick leave for COVID-related issues between April and December of 2020.
From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2021, employers could still provide paid leave and they would get a tax break on their payroll taxes.
Currently there is no program for paid leave and the coronavirus.
If an employer has employees who are sick with COVID-19, they should rely on internal employer policies.
For example, if an employer offers a PTO plan, an employee should use PTO.
Still, employers can have their own policy to provide employees with a certain number of days of paid leave if an employee tests positive for the coronavirus or is in quarantine.