A new law in Puerto Rico establishes a special paid leave for non-exempt employees infected (or are suspected of being infected) by the illness or epidemic that triggers a state of emergency declaration.
On April 11, 2020, the Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards issued rules implementing Mayor Eric Garcetti's emergency order that immediately required certain employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Things have been pretty chaotic and confusing for employers and employees during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Unfortunately, in an effort to help, the City of Los Angeles has unintentionally increased both.
On April 7, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted an emergency ordinance (the "PHELO") that requires private employers with 500 or more employees to provide paid public health emergency leave during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
On April 7, 2020, the D.C. Council unanimously passed its second emergency COVID-19 relief bill, the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (Emergency Act), addressing a variety of programs and protections for residents.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the governments of a number of jurisdictions in Canada have amended their employment standards legislation to entitle employees to emergency unpaid job-protected leave.
On April 3, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a comprehensive budget bill that, among other things, amends the New York Labor Law to require all New York employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave to their employees.