Remedies for Victims of the Coronavirus: Employees, Workers, and Other Individuals
This article focuses on the legal remedies, like sick pay or other forms of financial compensation, that may be available to employees, workers, and other people damaged by the coronavirus (or “Covid-19”). Not a day passes where the Salomon Smith law firm does not receive questions from people looking for a lawyer for workers, employees or consumers to resolve their coronavirus problems. TV news has grown increasingly depressing and seems more willing to post recent of the sick, than answering the questions of the sick and their families. In an effort to provide immediate assistance and useful answers to those in need, we have been working around the clock to provide resources, information, and updates to common questions surrounding the coronavirus and the related economic recession.
How do I get sick pay? Can I get sick pay?
Workers in South Florida may be entitled to sick pay or paid leave if they have to miss work because of the coronavirus. On April 1, 2020 – the same day that the recently-passed Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) went to effect – we wrote an article (link available below) explaining that six (6) categories of people who may be entitled to paid sick leave:
(1) employees unable to work because of a quarantine or isolation order;
(2) certain workers advised by doctors or health care providers to self-quarantine;
(3) employees/workers experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 waiting for a medical diagnosis;
(4) people caring for others falling into categories (1) or (2);
(5) employees caring for a child whose school or place of care was closed due to the coronavirus; and
(6) those experiencing other “substantially similar” conditions. See (https://salomonsmith.com/dont-be-an-april-fool-by-forgetting-to-make-a-claim-under-the-families-first-coronavirus-response-act/).
How do I make claim for paid sick leave?
If you suspect that your employer has wrongfully withheld your sick pay, you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer. Although some businesses are protected from the obligations of the FFCRA, many employers fail to offer their employees paid medical leave in violation of the law, or fail to hold their jobs open while they have to stay at home to care for a sick relative or child who is out of school. At Salomon Smith PLLC, we offer a free consultation to anyone considering a making a claim, and remember – we do not get paid, unless we recover money for you.
Daniel Smith is the Founding Attorney of Salomon Smith PLLC, based in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Mr. Smith is experienced in handling insurance related matters and now focuses on exclusively representing policyholders after years of representing insurance companies. He can be reached at Daniel@salomonsmith.com or 305-297-1018.