COVID-19 Resources

Guides for Requesting Leave or Accommodations NEEDED BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

*UPDATE* 8/5/2020: Due to a recent court decision, the following changes are applicable for paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These changes are not yet reflected in the attached documents.

  1. Employees may be entitled to paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave under the FFCRA even if their employer does not have work for them.  For example, if a business closes temporarily due to a public health order, an employee on FFCRA caregiving leave may continue to receive pay.
  2. Health care workers, other than those “capable of providing healthcare services” (such as doctors), may now be entitled to paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave under the FFCRA. For example, employees who work for a health care provider in a non-caregiving support role (such as administration or cleaning) may now receive FFCRA leave.
  3. Employees do not need employer approval to take intermittent leave. This does not apply in circumstances where intermittent leave is barred for public health concerns (such as when a worker has COVID-19).For example, if a parent is taking leave to provide childcare, they are now entitled to take the time off part time, or for a few days or weeks at a time.
  4. Employers may not require workers with a need for leave to submit documentation (such as a leave request form) before taking the leave. Employees should provide reasonable notice; advance notice if the leave was expected or notice as soon as practicable for leave that is unexpected. For example, if someone becomes sick, they cannot be expected to have told their boss in advance.

If you have questions about how this may apply to you, please contact our legal helpline.


The Center for WorkLife Law is offering free tools for requesting leave or accommodations due to coronavirus-related needs. Select the situation below that applies to you to view a guide with information about your legal rights and a fillable form you can give to your employer to request leave.

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Resources Coming Soon:

  • Accommodations and leave for pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding
  • Paid leave guides in Spanish

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