Ballwin, MO asked in Employment Law for Missouri

Q: Can my employer use the FFCRA to pay me as a "precautionary reason" even though nothing is stated in those terms

I was told to quarantine in march after traveling, but no federal, state or local government issued a mandatory quarantine after travel. So my work decided to tell me to quarantine for a week, which normally is 2 weeks so that doesn't make sense already. And they forced me to use 1 week of the paid sick leave from the FFCRA, even though it was their decision to make. And now that I'm forced into quarantine because my wife's work had an outbreak, my work is standing on not paying me.

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Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson

A: Hi, if your employer has fewer than 500 employees, they are likely covered by the FFCRA. The FFCRA requires employers to pay employees for up to two weeks (80 hours) at the employee's regular rate of pay if the individual is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider). It appears your employer only paid you for one week, so you should still be able to receive pay for one more week under the FFCRA.

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