Q: Is my employer required to offer sick pay if I am stuck without a babysitter as schools are shut down?
I am a widower and my son has special needs so I’m wondering about my rights
A: This depends on the size of your employer. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act takes effect today, April 1, 2020. Under the Act, employees who are required to stay home to care for children whose schools have been closed due to COVID-19 concerns are required to receive sick pay at 2/3 their normal rate of pay, capped at $200 per day. However, employers with more than 500 employees or less than 50 employees are exempt from these requirements, so depending on the size of your employer, the paid time off requirement may not apply to you.
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