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Employer notification process

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    What is the appropriate employer notification process if i can no longer report to work because school is closed due to covid-19 and i have to care for my children?
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    What state are you filing in? It can vary per state.
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    J.K.Logic Wrote: What state are you filing in? It can vary per state.
    NJ. And I'm a healthcare worker. Do i just request a leave of absence in writing?
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    Bill Wrote:
    J.K.Logic Wrote: What state are you filing in? It can vary per state.
    NJ. And I'm a healthcare worker. Do i just request a leave of absence in writing?

    Just found something on NJ's site. I underlined the info pertaining to your situation. Also included some other info you might be curious about. I would notify your employer as soon as possible. Either by telling your boss/supervisor, or by getting in contact with your HR department. The mode of which you file your request would depend on your company's policy. They may have a form for you to fill out. I'm sure either or both will be versed in accommodating your needs.

    • Emergency childcare leave applies to leave taken between April 1st and December 31st, 2020, and applies to employees who have been employed 30 or more days; applies to full-time, part-time, and self-employed/“gig” workers.

    • Where leave is foreseeable, an employee should provide notice of leave to the employer as soon as practicable.

    • Employers pay employees for this time away from work.

    • An employee may use it when they are unable to work or telework because they need to care for a son or daughter under the age of 18 if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or the child care provider is unavailable, due to a public health emergency.

    • For employees who work for an employer with 25 or more employees, their job is protected if they take this leave. For employers with less than 25 employees, the employer must take reasonable efforts to restore the employee to an equivalent position.

    • The law applies to unionized employees.

    • The first 10 days of emergency childcare leave may be unpaid. The employee may use other employer-provided paid leave (including emergency paid sick leave and/or NJ earned sick leave) for those days, but an employer cannot require it.

    • The emergency childcare leave is provided under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides eligible employees who work for a covered employer up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period, for specified family and medical reasons. The emergency childcare leave is not in addition to these 12 weeks of FMLA, it is solely an additional use under this law, and expires December 31, 2020.