What is the Maximum Unemployment I Can Get Due to Coronavirus? What Are the Paid Sick Leave Laws?
The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill includes a $600 per week unemployment subsidy for all eligible employees for up to 4-months. Below is a summary.
Some employees will be eligible for sick pay if they miss work due to the Coronavirus. We explain below.
Eligible Workers Can Receive $600 Per Week in Federal Unemployment Benefits Under Coronavirus LawThe maximum benefit rate for Pennsylvania claimants is $583 per week (that maximum rate is for people who earn approximately $57,000 per year or more). So,the maximum weekly benefit in Pennsylvania will be $1,183 per week. That is the equivalent of an annual salary of $61,516 a year in salary. So, and I think I have this right, if you earn $61,516 per year or less, and are out of work due to COVID-19, you will not suffer any loss of income for 4-months.
Let us hope that by then, this is behind us!
What are the Paid Leave Provisions Under the Families First Coronavirus Bill?If you or a family member are diagnosed with Coronavirus causing you to miss work, then you may be eligible to receive paid sick leave of up to $511 per day for up to 10 days (up to $5,110 in total).
An employee can also receive emergency paid sick leave of up to $200 per day for up to 10 days (up to $2,000 in total) to care for a quarantined family member or a child whose school or child-care location has been closed due to the pandemic. It is easy to apply that $200 a day rule when one is home merely to care for a quarantined family member. It is with school closings that things will get sticky.
Since virtually all children are home from school, then upon proof that there are no other child-care options (i.e. a spouse of grandparent, etc.) any employee who must stay home due to school closings is entitled to up to $200 per day for 10-days.