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State budget would end COVID-19 sick leave in July

New York State’s COVID-19 Sick Leave Law, a key measure providing sick leave for employees affected by quarantine or isolation orders, is slated to end on July 31, 2024. This decision, included in Governor Hochul’s 2024 State Budget proposal, aligns with changes in quarantine protocols and the termination of the federal state of emergency due to COVID-19.


The law, which required employers to offer specific benefits and leave for quarantined or isolated employees, will be phased out due to evolving circumstances. A state memorandum highlighted the redundancy of the COVID-19 specific law in light of New York’s comprehensive paid sick leave policies, which are among the most robust in the nation.

Although the Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend a five-day isolation period for COVID-positive individuals, the state’s decision reflects a shift towards normalcy and the adaptation of workplaces to post-pandemic conditions.