Política de Licencia por Orden de Aislamiento o Cuarentena por COVID-19 de Nueva York
La seguridad y bienestar de nuestros empleados y sus familias es la prioridad principal de Platinum Home Health Care. Nuestro equipo de liderazgo continúa monitoreando con atención las rápidas evoluciones en el Coronavirus (COVID-19) y está evaluando la situación.
De acuerdo a la legislación aprobada por el Estado de Nueva York el 18 de marzo de 2020, efectiva a partir del 18 de marzo de 2020, los empleados que estén sujetos a una orden obligatoria o preventiva de cuarentena o aislamiento emitida por el Estado de Nueva York, el Departamento de Salud, una junta local de salubridad o cualquier otra entidad gubernamental debidamente autorizada para emitir dicha orden en virtud del COVID-19 (“Orden por COVID-19”) tendrá derecho bajo la ley del Estado de Nueva York a cierto tiempo libre pagado o no remunerado, así como a pago de beneficios. El propósito de esta política es describir la licencia que la Empresa concederá de acuerdo con la ley de Nueva York, así como los beneficios a los que los trabajadores tendrán derecho conforme a la ley.
Elegibilidad de los Empleados y Excepciones
Un empleado ese legible para una licencia pagada y beneficios conforme a esta política si están sujetos a una Orden por COVID-19, con las siguientes excepciones:
Los empleados no son elegibles para licencia conforme a esta política u otros beneficios pagados descritos en esta política si:
Bajo estas circunstancias, el empleado podrá usar cualquier licencia acumulada disponible y, en caso de que no tengan disponible alguna licencia, se le permitirá tomar una licencia por enfermedad no remunerada por la duración de la Orden por COVID-19.
Los empleados tampoco son elegibles para la licencia por enfermedad o los beneficios descritos en esta política si, aunque estén sujetos a una Orden por COVID-19, aún pueden trabajar vía remota o por otros medios y no han presentado síntomas o no han sido diagnosticados con una condición médica.
Monto y Uso de la Licencia Pagada
Los empleados elegibles podrán recibir hasta 14 días de licencia pagada por enfermedad por orden de cuarentena o aislamiento por la duración de la Orden por COVID-19. Está licencia será en adición de cualquier otra licencia por enfermedad acumulada disponible, y no de forma concurrente con ella. Tenga en cuenta que no se proporcionará la licencia de conformidad con esta política si el empleado de forma independiente o por recomendación de un profesional de la salud decide ponerse en cuarentena o aislarse sin haber una Orden por COVID-19; sin embargo, en dichas circunstancias, el empleado podrá hacer uso de sus días de ausencia por enfermedad acumulados disponibles o los días de vacaciones que apliquen si así lo desea. Por favor también tenga en cuenta que de acuerdo a la Ley de Tiempo Devengado para Seguridad y Enfermedad de la Ciudad de
New York COVID-19 Quarantine or Isolation Order Leave Policy
The safety and well-being of our employees and their families is the top priority of Platinum Home Health Care. Our leadership team is continuing to closely monitor rapid developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is assessing the situation.
Pursuant to the legislation passed by the State of New York on March 18, 2020, effective March 18, 2020, employees who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the State of New York, the Department of Health, a local board of health or any other governmental entity that is duly authorized to issue such an order due to COVID-19 (“COVID-19 Order”) may be entitled under New York State law to certain paid or unpaid time off, as well as paid benefits. The purpose of this policy is to describe the leave the Company will provide in accordance with New York law, as well as the benefits to which employees may be entitled in connection with the law.
Employee Eligibility and Exceptions
An employee is eligible for paid leave and benefits under this policy if they are subject to a COVID-19 Order, with the following exceptions:
Employees are not eligible for leave under this policy or other paid benefits described in this policy if:
They are subject to a COVID-19 Order because they have returned to the United States after traveling to a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level two or level three travel health notice.
That travel was not taken as part of the employee’s employment or at the direction of the Company; and
The employee was provided notice of the CDC’s travel health notice and its implications for paid sick leave and other paid benefits.
Under these circumstances, the employee will be allowed to use any available accrued leave and, to the extent no such leave is available, will be allowed to take unpaid sick leave for the duration of the COVID-19 Order.
Employees are also not eligible for the sick leave or benefits described in this policy if, though subject to a COVID-19 Order, they are still able to work through remote access or other means and are either asymptomatic or have not yet been diagnosed with a medical condition.
Amount and Use of Paid Leave
Eligible employees shall be eligible to receive up to 14 days of paid sick quarantine or isolation order paid leave during the pendency of a COVID-19 Order. This leave will be in addition to, and not concurrent with, any other available accrued sick leave. Note, leave pursuant to this policy will not be provided if an employee independently decides or is advised by a health care professional to self-quarantine or self-isolate in the absence of a COVID-19 Order; however, in such circumstances, an employee may be able to use existing accrued sick days or vacation days as applicable if they choose. Please also note that pursuant to the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act or the Westchester County Earned Sick Leave Law, employees with scheduled working hours may also be eligible to use accrued, available sick leave for, among other covered uses of sick time, attending health care appointments, recovering from COVID-19 symptoms, and/or providing care for a family member or covered-relation.
Paid leave will be provided in an amount that the employee would have otherwise received had they been continuing to work for the 14-day period based upon the amount that the employee was scheduled or would have been scheduled to work.
The Company will not discharge, threaten, penalize or in any other manner discriminate or retaliate against an employee because they have taken quarantine order leave in accordance with this policy.
Please send us a copy of the COVID-19 Order as soon as possible.
Mandatory or Precautionary Orders of Quarantine or Isolation That Last Longer Than 14 Days
If the COVID-19 Order’s quarantine or isolation extends beyond 14 days:
Employees may use their accrued sick or vacation day bank, should they choose.
To ensure that employees are able to maximize their available time at full pay, we will be temporarily waiving our standard accrued sick day or vacation day bank approval protocols in the case of days required for compliance with a COVID-19 Order.
An employee impacted by COVID-19 who is suffering from a serious health condition or is caring for a family member suffering a serious health condition, may be eligible for additional unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. An employee who is caring for a family member suffering a serious health condition, including being afflicted by COVID-19, may also be eligible for New York Paid Family Leave Benefits. Furthermore, an employee whose health has been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for disability benefits administered by the State of New York. Please refer to the Company’s Family and Medical Leave and Paid Family Leave policies, or contact HR@platinumhhc.com or HR Director Geraldine Collado – Ext:239. Please note that the Company does not make decisions regarding employee eligibility under the Paid Family Leave or disability benefits.
“I feel like the walls are closing in!”
The past few weeks have been rough on everyone, especially seniors. Is your new commute all of fifty feet, from the bedroom to the sofa? Join the crowd. We’re all cooped up. They call the weight everyone has been putting on from too much couch-surfing “the COVID 20”.
You’re not a kid anymore, and that’s a good thing.
It’s important to stay in shape when you’re younger. But seniors really need to be proactive about their health and fitness. They have the most to gain (or pounds to lose!) by staying active. And they have the additional challenges of older age—aches and pains, loss of strength, mobility and balance.
But there’s good news. Seniors also usually have an easier time fitting exercise into their daily schedule. They can make meaningful progress with lower effort, and there are lots of people ready to help them out.
Getting fit and staying fit in your senior years has major benefits. Even mild exercise has been shown to strengthen bones, add muscle mass, aid digestion, improve respiratory and kidney function, and keep your blood vessels flexible and your heart healthy and strong.
How lazy are you?
If you don’t have an hour a day, exercise 15 minutes. Still too much of a commitment? Even just 90 seconds of high-effort movement a day can improve your health!
Still too much of a commitment? How about starting at just twenty seconds, and not even moving? Seriously, just set a recurring daily alarm, and get started.
If you don’t like exercise, any kind of regular movement is better than none. Put on a favorite tune and dance like no one’s watching—because these days, nobody is!
Walking is one of the finest exercises there is, and it doesn’t even feel like work. If mobility is a problem, you don’t have to leave the chair. Do some lower leg raises, and lift a couple of water bottles or stretch a scarf or resistance band for a low-effort workout.
Success breeds success
You’ve been around long enough to know that the hardest step is the first one, and that you can change your habits if you want to. Use whatever motivates you—a reminder in your phone, a pact with a family member, your personal care aide, or a friend—and soon you’ll be on your way to better health.
Ready to get started?
No need for fancy, fashionable gym wear—another perk of social distancing. A comfortable shirt, pants that allow a good range of motion, and comfortable, supportive shoes with good traction are all that you need. If you want to boost your motivation with attractive workout gear, go ahead! Whatever gets you in the mood to move.
Outside or inside?
The important thing is to stay safe. If exercising outdoors is permitted in your community and you can diligently maintain social distancing, go for it. You can get your steps in with a nice walk, jog, or bike ride outside. But if there’s a lockdown in effect, if the weather is bad, or if all the trails and walking paths are crowded and social distancing is not possible, then you can get a quality workout in your own home.
Don’t share the air!
Important note: there’s more to avoiding airborne virus particles than just six feet of distance. If everyone is traveling in the same direction, two meters is not protective enough. The latest wind tunnel research (PDF) shows that expelled droplets can be airborne for up to 16 feet/5 meters behind a fast walker, and 33 feet/10 meters behind a runner! Bicycling—there’s really no risk-free follow distance. If there’s no cross breeze, avoid other people’s “slipstream” when walking, running or biking, and avoid popular destinations or routes.
The good news is that with street traffic so light, there are places to get your exercise that would have been off-limits before, like quiet side street sidewalks and empty parking lots. Just get moving!
For more information
There’s tons of exercise routines to try. You can find them online, on TV, or from your healthcare provider. Pick something that you don’t hate doing, and start from there.
Bottom Line: Sitting in a chair is bad for you. Exercise is good for you. We’re here to help!