What rights do workers have to paid leave during the pandemic?

December 3, 2020

As the coronavirus rages around the world, essential workers continue to face the fear of its impact daily. This includes worrying about what they would do if they or their families contract the virus. In a recent segment with local South Bend news affiliate WNDU, Dan Graff, Ph.D., director of the Higgins Labor Program,  answered the question "What rights do workers have to paid leave during the pandemic?" In it, he discussed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which has provided paid leave for employees and is scheduled to expire at the end of 2020. 

“Now, I worry sometimes that employers have a lot more sway over their workers, and maybe, you know, unfortunately, in some cases would intimidate workers from actually exercising the right."

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