Employees who self-quarantine and won’t come to work because they’re afraid of contracting COVID-19 aren’t covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Under this rule, employees at businesses with fewer than 500 workers or at some public entities may take leave related to COVID-19 if they:
- Are subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order.
- Have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine.
- Are experiencing coronavirus symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
- Are caring for an individual subject to quarantine or isolation.
- Are caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or unavailable due to COVID-related reasons.
- Are experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.