American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The new law also ensures workers’ compensation eligibility for federal employees diagnosed with COVID-19 whose duties require contact with others or other risks of exposure to the virus.
And it provides extra assistance to federal employees who themselves are impacted by COVID-19 by giving up to 15 weeks of emergency leave if they are unable to work for reasons related to the pandemic. The paid leave can be used for those who have contracted COVID-19 or are required to quarantine because of possible exposure. It can also be used if their normal child care provider is unavailable for COVID-19-related reasons, or time off for obtaining the vaccine.
The benefit, capped at $1,400 per week, ensures that no employee goes without income while dealing with pandemic-related issues. It expires Sept. 30.