Emergency Days Counted Towards Leave Calculation

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On January 17th, the Governor signed a bill which helps maintain eligibility for workers who may otherwise lose entitlement to certain leave and benefit rights due to loss of employment during a disaster. Up to 90 days of the time an employee is laid off due to his employer curtailing operations because of a state of emergency will be included in the calculation of the 1,000 hour eligibility requirement for leave under the FLA and SAFE Acts, as well as achieving 20 “base weeks” for benefit entitlement under TDB and FLI.

A “state of emergency” means a natural or man-made disaster or emergency for which a state of emergency has been declared by the President of The United States, the governor, or a municipal emergency management coordinator.