Public and private employers; required to provide eligible employees paid quarantine leave, etc. (HB5116)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patrons Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Paid quarantine leave. Requires public and private employers to provide eligible employees paid quarantine leave. The bill provides that such paid quarantine leave is available for immediate use by the employee, regardless of how long the employee has been employed by the employer. The bill provides that such paid quarantine leave may be used for (i) an eligible employee's illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; an eligible employee's need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of an illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; or an eligible employee's need for preventive medical care related to the COVID-19 virus; (ii) care of a family member with an illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; care of a family member who needs medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; or care of a family member who needs preventive medical care related to the COVID-19 virus; or (iii) or care for oneself or a family member when it has been determined by the health authorities having jurisdiction or by a health care provider that the eligible employee's or family member's presence in the community may jeopardize the health of others because of his exposure to the COVID-19 virus, whether or not the eligible employee or family member has actually contracted COVID-19. The bill prohibits employers from taking certain retaliatory actions against an employee related to paid quarantine leave or because the employee is ineligible for or has exhausted his paid quarantine leave and is absent from work without compensation for the same purposes an employee may use paid quarantine leave. The bill provides that an employee is authorized to bring a civil action against the employer for violations of the bill's provisions if such violations are not resolved through the employer's human resources department. The bill does not apply to employees of the Commonwealth unless federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funds are available to fund the costs necessary to do so. Except for employers of employees in domestic service, the bill does not apply to employers with 25 employees or less, unless a federally funded grant program is available to such employers. The bill sunsets on July 1, 2021 or expiration of the state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Executive Order 51 (2020), whichever is earlier. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
08/24/2020Presented and ordered printed 20200901D
08/24/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
08/26/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/26/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendment (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
08/26/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
08/31/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5116)
09/03/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/03/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20201111D-H1
09/04/2020Read first time
09/08/2020Passed by for the day
09/09/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB4602EH1
09/09/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/09/2020Read second time
09/09/2020Labor and Commerce Committee amendment rejected
09/09/2020Appropriations Committee substitute agreed to 20201111D-H1
09/09/2020Amendments by Delegate Guzman agreed to
09/09/2020Pending question ordered
09/09/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB5116EH1
09/09/2020Printed as engrossed 20201111D-EH1
09/10/2020Passed by until after Resolutions Regular Calendar
09/10/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 44-N)
09/10/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
09/15/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/15/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
09/16/2020Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)

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