Bill enacted that prevents public employees from being punished for taking sick leave in connection with Covid-19


A bill enacted by Governor Cuomo ensures that public employees in New York State cannot be penalized if they take sick leave for Covid-19.

Public employers are prohibited from penalizing employees who use sick leave or compensatory leave who may need to quarantine or seek treatment for the virus as well as any other absence related to the virus.

This ensures that anyone working in schools, state prisons or local government cannot be fired or written down for lack of work if it is related to the virus.

The bill was approved in April after more than 800 New York City Department of Corrections employees were found marked “chronically absent” in their records.

Former union leader Senator Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, said it was shocking to see employers doing this for following state rules and that type of punitive action against employees will not be tolerated.

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