The Center for WorkLife Law offers free tools for employees who want to request leave or changes at work due to coronavirus-related health and family needs. We also offer a guide for healthcare providers on how to support pregnant and breastfeeding patients with workplace issues and write effective work accommodation notes. Select the situation below that applies to you to view our resources.
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Are you pregnant?
Are you breastfeeding?
Are you a healthcare provider?
View our guide for healthcare providers: COVID-19 Prenatal Care Provider’s Guide: Supporting Pregnant and Breastfeeding Patients with Work Issues
Watch our recent webinar with ACOG and ACNM: The Work Note: Supporting Pregnant and Breastfeeding People During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Do you need help requesting time off?
If you need time off work for reasons related to COVID-19, you may have a right to job protected leave or even continued health benefits or pay from your employer.
In 2020, there was a national law that provided these rights, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The law’s requirement to provide leave expired 12/31/2020. Beginning Jan 1, 2021, employers are no longer required to provide job-protected time off under the FFCRA, but if an employer chooses to provide this time off, they will receive tax credits for qualifying paid leave taken before March 31, 2021. Visit the IRS site for more information.
Additionally, a few states and cities have laws that require employers to give time off work relating to COVID-19. And the national Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act may give you additional rights. Contact the Center for WorkLife Law’s free legal helpline at 415-851-3308 or COVID19Helpline@worklifelaw.org to learn more about your rights.
Many employees who are out of work or working reduced hours because of COVID-19 may also be eligible for unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance. Apply with your state unemployment office.