In the wake of a global pandemic, many employers are reconsidering their sick leave strategy. Without a solid policy in place, you not only face potential issues like sick employees being unavailable or bringing their illness to work—you could also face legal* issues.
New Jersey state law requires paid sick leave for all employers within the state, and New York City requires all employers located within the city to offer paid or unpaid sick leave, depending on the number of employees.
Review the sick leave requirements for your location, and make a plan for sick leave time by providing flexible work arrangements for those that need it, covering absentee employees by scheduling another employee to fill their role or postponing their tasks for later, and informing your employees of their rights to paid or unpaid sick leave by sharing, in writing, what their options are.
* For informational purposes only. Please consult your attorney for formal legal advice.