Help During Coronavirus: Paid Sick Days, Paid Leave and Unemployment for COVID-19
Has the coronavirus pandemic affected your ability to work? You may have a right to paid sick time, paid family leave, or income support through your state's unemployment insurance (UI) system.
Urgent: Your right to emergency paid leave and paid sick days has expired. Take action right now to insist Congress reinstates these provisions and provides emergency leave for all working people.
Please be aware that the resources below reflect rights and protections available prior to Jan. 1, 2021 that are no longer guaranteed.
Nationwide, if you work at a small or mid-sized employer, or are self-employed, you may have:
- Up to 10 emergency paid sick days for quarantine, self-isolation or child or family care related to the coronavirus.
- Up to 10 additional weeks of paid family leave to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed. Learn more about emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and CARES Act.
Your state, county or city may provide additional support for a wide range of needs. See below for more information.
What does my state provide?
Select your state below to find your rights* to paid sick time, longer-term paid family and medical leave, or wage replacement through unemployment insurance (UI) for lost work hours due to a layoff, reduced hours, or closure of an employer, child's school or relative's usual source of care.
Use the "More info:" links in the chart to find more information about support you may be entitled to. Policies are continuing to change, so check with your state and local government for the most up-to-date information.
*Eligibility may depend on how many hours you work, your usual income and the size of your employer.
What's the difference between paid sick days, paid leave and unemployment insurance?
- You might need paid sick days if you have a job, but need to take a few hours or days away to care for yourself or loved one during illness, quarantine, self-isolation, or if a school or usual place of care is closed.
- You might need paid family leave if you have a job, but need to take a week or more to care for a loved one whose school or usual place of care is closed. In some states, you may also be able to take paid family and medical leave if you need a week or more to care for yourself or a loved one during illness or quarantine.
- You might need regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits if you have been laid off, furloughed, or lost work hours for any reason, including due to coronavirus-related closures. If you have exhausted regular UI, you may have additional weeks of benefits through Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.
- New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits are also available to many people unable to work due to coronavirus-related illness, family caregiving and economic hardships. Even if you would not normally be eligible for UI, you might be able to access PUA. Learn more about UI and pandemic-related benefits.