Since the Connecticut Paid Leave Act was introduced offering Connecticut employees access to paid time off for qualifying life events, it has been a hot-button topic of discussion. The following information, provided by CTPaidLeave.org, outlines how the Act is affected by an employee or an employee's family member contracting COVID-19.
Can my worker receive CT Paid Leave benefits if they have COVID?
Simply being exposed to COVID-19 or even being diagnosed with COVID-19 is not necessarily a serious health condition as defined by CT Paid Leave. Therefore, it is not necessarily a qualifying reason for income replacement benefits under CT Paid Leave.
An eligible employee may receive CT Paid Leave benefits in connection with an exposure to or diagnosis with COVID-19 only if they can provide medical documentation from their health care provider demonstrating that the COVID-19 exposure/diagnosis results in the person having a condition that:
requires an overnight stay in a hospital or other medical care facility; or
incapacitates the employee (for example, unable to work) for more than three consecutive days and requires the employee to receive ongoing medical treatment (either multiple appointments with a health care provider, or a single appointment and follow-up medical treatment, such as prescription medication) or,
results in or exacerbates chronic conditions that causes occasional periods when the employee is incapacitated, and which require treatment by a health care provider at least twice a year.
Similarly, an eligible employee may receive CT Paid Leave benefits because they need to serve as a caregiver to a family member who was exposed to or diagnosed with COVID only if the family member’s health care provider certifies that the family member’s exposure/diagnosis results in the family member having a condition that falls into one of those three categories.