Cuomo announces job protection, sick leave guarantees

Elise Czajkowski
March 17, 2020 - 1:44 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with the legislature to guarantee job protection and paid leave for New Yorkers who are quarantined due to coronavirus.

The bill also includes a permanent paid sick leave policy. 

Earlier, Cuomo had announced that all state employees will be guaranteed two full weeks of paid sick leave if they are quarantined. 

"The single most effective way to contain the spread of this virus is to ensure people who may have come into contact with it do not interact with others," Cuomo said. "Last week I said we would lead by example by guaranteeing two weeks' pay for state workers who have been quarantined as a result of covid-1. The paid sick leave measure we've agreed to today expands those protections to all new Yorkers - because no New Yorker should lose their job or income for following a critical public health order."

"This is an extraordinary time in this nation's history, and it will go down in the history books as one of those moments of true crisis and confusion," Cuomo added. "So my message to New Yorkers is this: Be a little bit more sensitive, understand the stress, understand the fear, be a little bit more loving, a little bit more compassionate, a little bit more comforting, a little bit more cooperative. We are going to get through it and we are going to get through it together."

The legislation requires that all employers guarantee job protection and access to paid leave and disability benefits. Larger employers will be required to provide 14 days of paid sick leave as well. 

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