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New Yorkers who travel to COVID-19 hotspots will be ineligible for paid sick leave

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WHECTV
Created: June 27, 2020 03:29 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — New Yorkers who travel to other states that are COVID-19 hotspots will be ineligible for the state's coronavirus paid sick leave under a new executive order revealed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday.

The order, which was made after an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Westchester County high school graduation ceremony where one of the students had recently been to Florida, is effective retroactively to June 25. The order applies to those traveling to states that have either a positive test rate higher than 10 per 10,000 residents or a higher than 10 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

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Those who are traveling for work or at an employer's request are exempt. The law that set up New York's COVID-19 paid sick leave already made New Yorkers ineligible for paid sick leave if they had traveled to a foreign country that was under a level two or level three health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control.

The relevant order is Executive Order 202.45


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