It looks like we’re on our way to a new coronavirus-inspired emergency sick leave bill. That’s great – but it needs fixing. Published by Jane the Actuary View all posts by Jane the Actuary
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Thanks for your article – it was very helpful! I have a quick question – you mention at the end that “there are provisions to allow unspecified documentation to prove eligibility” in the new bill but I can’t find that anywhere. As an HR Director, I’m mostly concerned with the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and employees abusing this new paid time off as you said. I would hope that at a time like this, our employees would be honest, and I believe 99% would. I also wouldn’t necessarily want to require a doctor’s note because doctor’s offices and hospitals are overrun as it is. Not sure how to handle this one. Either way, could you direct me to where in the bill it speaks about the unspecified documentation so we can weigh our options? Thanks again!,
Hi, Amanda –
My first response was this: There’s text that says, “No credit shall be allowed under this section unless the individual maintains such documentation as the Secretary may prescribe to establish such individual as an eligible self employed individual.”
But in re-reading it, I see that references self-employed individuals only, and I’m not able to see anything in the bill that addresses regularly-employed employees. I will revise the article accordingly.
What about Abortion money in the first negotiation?
I’d read about that and, to be honest, I’m not as tuned in to the Ways of Washington in this respect. Was it an attempt to get a foot in the door on going around the Hyde Amendment, or was it an oversight? I have no idea, and I wouldn’t be able to tell just from reading the text in the new version.
Thank you for article . How will this affect part time workers is there a minimum hours per year or weeks needed to be counted as an employee for an employer I’ll be eligible for family leave . Thank You
Part-time employees are included and I see no minimum hours requirement in the bill’s text.
Not sure why you would interpret a sixteen year old on a college track as abusing the system if she is financially compensated for the interruption of her stressful studies. The need for education ends at thirteen?
That’s misunderstanding what’s going on here. The bill is solely about compensation for missing work, and the issue with sixteen year olds is that there’s a potential for abusing the system, since the bill says that that sixteen year old’s parents can take paid time off work by saying, “bye! school’s closed and I need to care for my child,” when in reality that teenager should be able to care for him or herself.