Video: Employer Obligations to Accommodate Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Part 5

Video Transcript:

Hi everyone, I'm Andrew Yacyshyn, employment attorney at Tannenbaum Helpern. In our recent HRMinutes, we have been addressing employers obligations to provide accommodations to employees for certain covid-19 related reasons. Another issue that our clients and many other businesses have been experiencing are requests from employees to work from home due to the need to watch their child. So technically, there is no federal or New York law requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees based on their child care needs. However, these employees may be eligible for a leave of absence. For example, under the federal family's first Coronavirus Response Act, employees can take a paid leave if they are unable to work or work remotely due to the need to care for their child to school or child care provider has closed or shut down due to covid-19 related reasons. So that could be applicable here. And also in New York City's paid sick leave law allows employees to take leave to care for their child, whose school or child care provider has closed due to a public health emergency, which could also apply. Once again I'm Andrew Yacyshyn. Thank you for watching our HRMinute.

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10.08.2020  |  PUBLICATION: HRMinute  |  TOPICS: Employment

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