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New York State Paid Leave Potentially Impacted by CDC COVID-19 Guidelines Update

20 Mar

Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employers in the state of New YorkSee details below

What happened?

On March 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scaled back its guidance regarding COVID-19, most notably ending its recommendation of a 5-day quarantine following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

What are the details?

Since the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) adopted the CDC guidelines, it is expected to modify the paid leave the state offers, because employees are entitled to COVID-19 emergency leave only if they are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the department of health or any governmental authority with similar competence.

  • This means that any change to the NYSDOH guidance on COVID-19 isolation can impact employee entitlement to New York COVID-19 emergency leave.
  • The NYSDOH stated that as CDC guidance becomes available, the department will evaluate and update State guidance accordingly.

The main changes in the CDC guidance state that it:

  • Applies to individuals who con tract respiratory illnesses including COVID-19, flu, and RSV, and no longer focuses on COVID-19 alone.
  • Eliminates the 5-day isolation requirement, and instead recommends a 1-day isolation.

So far, the NYSDOH has not updated its guidance, but Vensure will keep employers updated as soon as any available update is available.

Business Considerations

  • Employers should monitor the NYSDOH webpage for any updates to prepare to update their respective policies.
  • Even though it is not explicitly mentioned, it is expected that the NYSDOH will adopt the 1-day isolation recommendation as a requirement.


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