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Beware: Federal Court Strikes Down Labor Department’s Limitations On Paid Sick And Extended Leave Benefits Under FFCRA – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – United States

On Monday, August 3, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated several significant provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “Final Rule” regarding the…

COVID Paid Sick Leave Is Expiring. Corporate Dems are Stonewalling.
The federal government’s program incentivizing employers to provide workers paid sick leave — the absolute least they can do amid a still-raging pandemic — is set to expire. And corporate Democrats are threatening to block a replacement.

Employee access to sick leave before and during the COVID-19 pandemic : Monthly Labor Review: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) National Compensation Survey and two BLS supplemental surveys, this article examines changes to sick leave provisions and use before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With federal COVID-19 sick leave gone, workers feel pressure to go to work
Federal laws that offered COVID-19-related paid sick leave to workers have expired and many sick workers across the country must wrestle with difficult financial and ethical questions when deciding whether to stay home.

Two weeks’ paid sick leave at Walmart could have prevented 7,500 Covid cases, report finds
Largest US employer could have saved 133 lives with policy as workers fear calling in sick could lead to firing, advocates say

FACT SHEET: Federal Coronavirus Paid FMLA, Sick Leave Requirements
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows small and midsized companies to use payroll tax credits to provide leave to workers.

Legal Alert | IRS Expands Employer Tax Credits for Paid COVID-19 Vaccination Leave
On July 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service updated the FAQs relating to paid sick and family leave tax credits under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Canada’s Unions Welcome Federal Legislation on Paid Sick Leave and Protecting Health Care Workers

Sick Leave Bill 2021 – Employment and HR – Ireland
On 9 June 2021, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, announced details of a new law to give all workers the right to paid sick leave.

Coronavirus sick pay scheme opens for applications
Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today.

Do UK Workers Get Paid Sick Leave If They Self-Isolate Due To Coronavirus?
This post is updated regularly to reflect the latest news and science around the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the UK. The COVID-19 outbreak has completely transformed the way many people work. Concerns over the fate of industries…

Sweden: Government Temporarily Amends Sick Leave Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak
(Mar. 20, 2020) On March 11, 2020, the Swedish government announced that, in an effort to encourage Swedes with light symptoms of respiratory disease to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it was amending the annual state budget to allow for the temporary suspension of the first sick day deduction (karensavdrag).

Senate GOP Blocks Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill
The legislation put forth by Democrats would guarantee 14 days of paid leave for workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Anyone ordered to self-isolate is entitled to paid sick leave
The Health Secretary said ‘it’s a very important message for employers’.

Sick employees should stay home to fight coronavirus. But many don’t have sick leave
The government is urging people who are sick to stay at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But for workers who don’t have paid sick leave, staying home when they aren’t feeling well can be financially devastating.

Huge blow for shift workers

Coronavirus: Employment rights and sick pay (update)
In a worst-case scenario, an estimated one-fifth of the workforce could be absent from work.

This is how Europe is helping companies and workers as the coronavirus crisis deepens
Governments are bringing in economic measures to protect workers and companies, changing rules surrounding sick pay and providing loans to prevent economic collapse due to the outbreak.

Workers could get 12 weeks of paid leave under Biden’s plan. Here are the details
Biden is calling for a paid leave policy that would compensate workers for 12 weeks while they took care of children or parents or healed from an illness.

Statutory sick pay explained
All you need to know about statutory sick pay. Find out whether you’ll qualify should you fall ill, what your rights

Paid sick leave during the COVID-19 health and labour market crisis
Paid sick leave is an important policy for protecting workers and their communities during a pandemic, serving not only to preserve jobs and incomes but also to contain the spread of the virus.

Denmark reinstates Covid-19 sick leave compensation for parents and companies
Increased sick days taken by staff at Danish companies, related to the country’s current high rate of Covid-19 infections, are to be eligible for compensation after the government reached a deal with labour market representatives.

UK government hid sick pay scheme for workers isolating with coronavirus
UK Treasury instructed government officials to conceal a little-known provision that granted sick pay to people isolating with the coronavirus.

How UK sick pay compares with Europe as coronavirus triggers calls for SSP rise
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked for SSP “to be increased to European levels” but exactly how much worse off are we than our continental neighbours?

Sick pay and sickness benefit schemes in the EU: background report for the Social Protection Committee: in-depth review on sickness benefits, Brussels (17-Oct-2016)
This Social Protection Committee (SPC) background report on sick leave and sick pay/sickness benefit schemes in the European Union sheds light on the huge variations in the way Member States address absence from work in case of temporary professional incapacity due to sickness. It is important to clearly define and distinguish three key notions. Sick leave concerns the right to be absent from work during sickness and return to one's job when recovered. Sick pay is the continued, time limited, payment of (part of) the worker’s salary by the employer during a period of sickness.