Yes. Beginning April 11, 2020, non-essential employees whose work site is closed due to a COVID-19 office closure and who cannot telework must use their own leave for their absence. Employees who are reporting to work or teleworking should continue to do so and are not required to use leave.
Normally, the use of sick leave is only appropriate when you are sick or injured. However, the rules associated with sick leave use have been temporarily suspended for absences due to a COVID-19 office closure for employees who cannot telework. This temporary suspension is only in effect during the COVID-19 emergency.
Employees may use accrued and anticipated sick leave to which they would become entitled in the 2020 leave calendar year.
For new employees, the rules that normally prohibit employees with less than one (1) year of service from anticipating sick leave during their first year of employment are temporarily suspended for absences due to COVID-19 office closures. Therefore, employees with less than one (1) year of employment may anticipate sick leave to which they would become entitled in the 2020 leave calendar year.