New Yorkers who visit states with high COVID-19 rates could forfeit their paid sick leave benefits

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10/WIVB) — A new state order requiring 14-days of quarantine after traveling to a state with a high coronavirus infection rate could impact New Yorkers’ benefits.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have imposed two weeks of quarantine for anyone arriving from eight states that are at high risk for the coronavirus.

According to the executive order from Gov. Cuomo, employees will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York’s COVID-19 paid sick leave law if they engage in non-essential travel to any state that has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

The provision doesn’t apply if the employee is traveling for work or at the employer’s request.

The new orders are being sent to all airports to make travelers aware of the new consequences.

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