April 14, 2020
On March 6, 2020, the Department of Labor and Industries provided a list of common questions pertaining to the state’s paid sick leave laws and COVID-19. The guidance mainly indicates that employees can use paid sick leave to cover their absence if:
The guidance also indicates that an employer cannot require an employee to work from home instead of using their accrued paid sick leave. Further, an employer is not required to allow employees to use paid sick leave if the business decides on its own to temporarily close in response to COVID-19 (although they can allow the use of paid sick time in the situation).
Washington employers should review this guidance to ensure that they provide the appropriate access to paid sick time to their employees.
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