Covid-19 Employee Rights
Trying to keep ourselves and our families safe in the middle of a global pandemic presents plenty of challenges, specifically in work environments. Covid-19 has completely changed the way we interact with the public. Your employer should be taking your safety seriously and doing whatever they can to mitigate risk to keep employees and customers safe.
Current OSHA Guidelines For Worker Safety:
As more people are vaccinated and phases change, the guidelines will also change to become less stringent. While more restrictions can be put in place if North Carolina sees a spike in cases, please refer to OSHA’s Protecting Workers resources for the most current policies.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) from spring 2020 through Dec 31. 2020. While it is no longer effective, the plan did require certain employers (especially those who employ essential workers) to offer at least 80 hours of paid sick leave at full rate of pay, at least 80 hours of paid sick leave at 2/3 rate of pay, and up to 10 additional weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at 2/3 rate of pay.