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Extending as permanent a temporary rule that was set to expire March 13, Oregon will now provide state-paid leave for employees who need to quarantine or self-isolate because of COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms, but do not qualify for COVID-19-related paid sick leave or do not have access to COVID-19-related paid time off.
The rule, which was filed Friday and goes into effect on March 14, states that workers who meet all the eligibility requirements will get a $120 per-day payment for up to 10 working days for the time one needs to quarantine or isolate.
The $30 million program was established with money received from the federal government to help Oregon respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement by the state Department of Consumer and Business Services.
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
Federal employees would get up to 600 hours of paid leave under the $570 million Emergency Federal Leave Plan, which has been panned by critics as a perk to pay federal workers to stay at home, Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The House version of the COVID-19 relief package includes a provision to provide additional help for federal civil employees who have no sick time remaining, but need time off to care for themselves, their family members, and children whose schools are closed due to the pandemic.