Attleboro, MA asked in Employment Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can my employer refuse to pay me for missing work due to being positive for covid?

Owner of company knowingly put me in danger of contracting covid by making me drive in a work van while he was visibly, extremely sick. Within days of that exposure I was diagnosed as covid positive. Refuses to pay me.

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A: While numerous laws were enacted in response to COVID-19 in 2020, these extra protections all expired on December 31, 2020. Now, whether and how much pay you are entitled to is governed strictly by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA does not require employers to offer sick pay or pay you for any time that you are not working, so unfortunately, the law does not provide a remedy here.

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