Civilian DOD personnel impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can take up to two weeks of emergency paid sick leave in addition to their typical paid leave, the department announced in a news release.
“This is a new leave category that is provided to employees that may need to use this option to be able to care for family members or themselves, which is critically important as we all navigate our way through COVID-19,” said Todd Fore, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for civilian personnel.
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, allows civilians across the Defense Department to take the emergency leave from April 1 through Dec. 31, provided that they meet certain conditions.
The leave is available to civilians who are under a formal quarantine order, have been recommended by a doctor to self-quarantine or have received a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Fore said the specifics of the special leave policy are “complicated” and advised personnel and supervisors to carefully review the procedures, such as those outlined by the Department of Labor.
Air Force photo by Trey Ward