Q: I am a part-time OT working in a SNF in Ohio. I have 6y of exemplary work history with the same company. I am also
currently a full-time graduate student. My sons school closed and my child care provider is closed. I requested 2 weeks leave to care for my son and find alternative childcare. There are other OTs available to cover my caseload until I can return. My employer threatened to report me to state for "abandonment" or terminate me for having to stay home. I only need time to cover my childcare so I can return to work. Can they terminate me? Can they report me to the state board? Also, my situation does not meet the state definition of abandonment yet my manager is telling other I abandoned my patients when I have not. Is this slander? It will hurt my prospects to further my career. Please help me!
A: Under the new Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Paid Family and Medical Leave Act you should be eligible for paid time off to care for your son while his school is closed and no caregiver is available. Your employer can pay for the paid leave with a tax credit. In addition, your employer cannot retaliate against you for taking time off or for asking to be paid for it.
If you need legal help obtaining your paid leave or time to care for your son, or if your employer retaliates against you, call me at 330.665.5745 and refer to this question. In the meantime, here is an article about the new law.
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