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During known pandemics, as confirmed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library (BLRL) will provide eligible employees with additional leave based on the provisions outlined below.

All employees, full time and part time, are eligible for paid pandemic emergency sick leave.

Employees may take emergency paid sick leave if they are unable to work on site or at home because:

  1. Employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to a current pandemic (such as COVID); or

  2. Employee is advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to a current pandemic (such as COVID); or

  3. Employee is experiencing symptoms of current pandemic (such as COVID) and is seeking a medical diagnosis; or

  4. Employee is caring for an individual who has been ordered or advised to quarantine by a government agency or health care provider during a current pandemic (such as COVID).

Full time employees are eligible for up to forty (40) hours of emergency sick leave per calendar year.

Part time employees are eligible for the number of hours they work, on average, for no more than a one-week period per calendar year.

Employees may elect to use emergency paid sick leave before using any other accrued paid leave.

Employees requesting to take emergency paid sick leave should provide either orally or in writing the following information:

  • Their name;

  • The date(s) for the requested leave;

  • The reason for leave; and

  • A statement that they are unable to work because of the above reason.

Employees requesting leave for reason 1 or 4 should additionally provide the name of the entity that issued the order. Employees requesting leave for reasons 2 or 4 should additionally provide the name of the advising health care provider.

In addition to the above information, you must also provide written documentation in support of your paid emergency sick leave.

Employees that take leave in excess of three (3) consecutive workdays must submit medical documentation from a licensed facility. In lieu of medical documentation, with permission from the library director, an employee may provide proof of a negative pandemic test from a licensed facility.

An employee must submit a leave request slip immediately after returning from sick leave. All sick leave must be recorded on the employee’s monthly time sheet.

Employees are not entitled to reimbursement for unused paid pandemic emergency sick leave upon termination, resignation, retirement, or other separation from employment.

Employees should direct any questions to the Director.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, January 20, 2022

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