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New Leave Requirements Mandated by Congress for COVID-19

March 19, 2020

A new federal law enacted in response to the coronavirus crisis creates a temporary right to paid leave. However, not all employers are required to provide the leave and not all employees will be eligible for it. Below we have provided an overview of the rights and requirements in this new law.

What kind of leave is required to be provided?

During this unprecedented state of emergency, AFSCME Florida members are on the front lines fighting to keep our communities safe. For that and ALL you do each and every day, we THANK YOU!

We urge all of our members to, first and foremost, protect your health and the health of your family members. This means limiting all social contact, washing your hands regularly, and if you begin to feel sick or that your health is compromised, stay home and self isolate.  

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges in the United States, many AFSCME members are and will continue to be on the front lines caring for and transporting those afflicted with the virus. Workers in emergency services, health care, child care, educational institutions and many others may come in contact with people who’ve contracted the coronavirus, putting themselves at risk.

On the eve of Saturday’s Nevada Democratic primary caucuses, AFSCME members and retirees gathered at a Las Vegas restaurant to hear one last time from presidential candidates on the issues that matter most to working families.

AFSCME members sat down with congressional lawmakers last week to share stories about how the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act would improve communities and empower workers.

Through a budget proposal announced this week, President Donald Trump continues his attacks on vital programs for working families, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

And rather than invest in America’s future, he seeks to disinvest, proposing deep funding cuts to programs in education, environmental protection, disease prevention and more.

If you followed every Democratic presidential primary debate and read the candidates’ positions on every topic and watched the AFSCME Public Service Forum held in August, you might think there is nothing left to know about the men and women vying to be the next president of the United States.