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4 Things To Know About Using COVID-19 Paid Family Medical Leave

Are you in a situation where you need to take paid leave from your job due to COVID-19? If so, you're likely wondering when this situation would apply to you. Here are some of the reasons that would qualify.

You Cannot Work Remotely

One important thing to keep in mind is that you may not qualify for paid family medical leave if you are able to work remotely. If your employer is offering you the opportunity to work from home and you decline to do so, then you would not qualify for paid leave. 

You Are Required To Self-Quarantine

Many states are imposing self-quarantine laws regarding travel from other states. This means that if you have recently traveled from an area that your state considers a high risk, you'll have to potentially stay at home for 14 days in order to see if you have symptoms of COVID-19. You may be in a situation where your employer requires you to travel to one of these at-risk states, does not offer work from home, and is now requiring you to come back into the office. This can be a difficult situation to be in since you are required to self-quarantine, and you could use paid family medical leave to stay at home. 

You Are Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19

If you are currently experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 and are in the process of getting tested and waiting for results, you should not be returning to the workplace where you could potentially expose others. In this instance, you may be able to use paid medical leave to stay at home during this time while you await your results.

You Are Caring For A Family Member

You may have a family member that needs care due to COVID-19, and the only option is to stay home with them. For example, you have a child that cannot go to school because they are infected with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms. This would be a family reason to use paid family medical leave since it is making you unable to perform your job.

Do you feel like you are in a situation where your employer is not allowing you to take paid family medical leave that you have a right to take or where you were retaliated against at work for taking time off? If so, reach out to a lawyer that can help you out in this unique situation. 

To learn more, contact a COVID-19 medical leave lawyer.