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.

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