Published July 2, 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order which requires individuals to quarantine for 14 days after traveling for 24 hours or longer to states that have a high test rate for COVID-19. Employees that travel to such states are ineligible for paid sick leave benefits if the travel was not directed by the employee’s employer.
If an employee commenced travel on or before June 25, 2020:
If an employee commenced travel after June 25, 2020, regardless of return date:
These rules apply to employee travel to states that are added to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) site:
Before traveling out of state, all employees should consult the DOH website to confirm whether they are traveling to a state that requires quarantine upon return to New York.
These provisions do not apply if an employee travels to a designated state as part of the employee’s employment or at the direction of the employee’s agency:
Employees returning from a designated state who cannot telecommute and are deemed essential and critical for the operation or safety of the workplace, upon a documented determination by their supervisor and a human resources (HR) representative in consultation with appropriate state and local health authorities, the exposed, asymptomatic employee may return to work so long as the employee adheres to the following practices prior to and during their work shift, which should be monitored and documented by the employer and employee:
If an employee is symptomatic upon arrival at work or becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms while at the workplace, absent close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19, the employee must be separated and sent home immediately and may return to work upon completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms OR upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result.