UPDATE – COVID-19 PAY FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Under recent OSHA guidelines, healthcare workers may be entitled to paid leave following exhaustion of PTO if one of the following applies: 1) the healthcare employee tested positive for Covid-19, 2) the healthcare employee’s doctor diagnoses suspected Covid-19, 3) the healthcare employee has a fever of 100.4°F or, 4) the healthcare employee experiences loss of taste and smell. Employers can require at-home work if possible and can require testing. Once the employee tests negative, the benefit ends. Long hauler Covid patients may also be eligible for extended pay. It should be noted that courts have not weighed in on whether these guidelines exceed OSHA’s authority.