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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 April 10, 2020, paid leave for office closings due to COVID-19 will end for all commonwealth employees whose work locations remain closed and who are unable to telework.

  • Beginning April 11, 2020, commonwealth employees whose work locations remain closed and who are unable to telework must use leave for their absences.

  • Certain leave policies are suspended temporarily to allow employees, whose work locations remain closed and who are unable to work, or to telework to use leave. View leave policy updates.

  • Under new federal legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employees may be eligible for new emergency paid sick leave or expanded FMLA leave for certain reasons related to COVID-19. Watch video to learn more.

  • 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. View leave policy updates

Beginning April 11, 2020, 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.

Unemployment and Workers' Compensation

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

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