As school closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) are being extended, employers will likely see more leave requests from workers. Officials in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington have closed in-person instruction through the end of the school year. In Idaho, schools are closed through the end of the school year but local school districts have the option to reopen under criteria to be developed later this month. In Montana, public schools are closed through April 24, although that could be extended.
Tips For Employers: There are some paid sick time laws and ordinances that allow leave for certain school closures, but most employees who needed that time off have probably already used it up by now. If workers have used up their available leave, you’ll need to decide how to handle their requests for additional time off. If possible, we recommend extending their authorized time off, given the extraordinary circumstances we’re all in. If this isn’t feasible, though, or if you need help navigating the leave process, contact your Vigilant Law Group employment attorney for advice.