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​COVID-19 Leave Information

The following information is intended for employees of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our employees as we strive to deliver essential services to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the situation continues to unfold and new facts become available, we will continue to update this website as a resource for you.  Thank you for your commitment to the people of Pennsylvania during this challenging time. 


  • Effective January 1, 2021, employees may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave for certain reasons related to COVID-19.

  • Commonwealth employees who are able to report to work or telework should continue to do so.

Leave Options

Leave Policy Updates

Due to the coronavirus emergency, provisions of certain commonwealth leave policies are SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY to make it easier for employees who must use leave while not working or teleworking.

Beginning January 1, 2021, employees who are not working or teleworking due to an office closure will be able to:

  • Use paid leave during their first 30 calendar days of employment.

  • Use anticipated paid leave during their first year of employment.

  • Use paid sick leave when the employee is not sick or injured.

Beginning January 1, 2021, employees who are working or teleworking and have an COVID-19 related absence may be eligible to: 

  • Use up to 10 days of COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave. 

  • Use anticipated paid leave. 

  • Use unpaid leave before exhausting their paid leave entitlements. 

Unemployment and Workers' Compensation

Employees may be eligible for unemployment compensation and/or workers' compensation as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

Additional Information