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Pay for COVID-Related Absences

The emergency paid sick leave and expanded FMLA for Covid related reasons has expired. These benefits were not renewed by the Federal Government, and expired on December 31, 2020.

At this point in time, GRCC will be voluntarily extending the sick leave benefit through March 31, 2021. If you have not used the additional sick leave days in 2020, they will be carried over into 2021 through March 31st.

This means that absences from work related to high risk exposure, quarantine, or positive Covid results and isolation are eligible.

While we are not able to extend the expanded FMLA benefits, we continue to encourage supervisors to be flexible for those employees who need to balance working and supervising their children for virtual school needs. For the time period of January 1 through March 31, we will allow employees to use any available banks (including their own sick bank) to cover time away from work related to supporting their children in online learning.

We will continue to apply the same eligibility criteria as had been applied in 2020.

Qualifying Reasons

An employee is entitled to pay for Covid related absences if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework, because the employee:

  1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. is caring for an individual subject to self-quarantine.

Requesting Pay for Covid Related Absences

Send an email to Cathy Kubiak in Human Resources -- -- and your supervisor indicating your request for the paid sick leave.

Cathy will contact you and follow up with the GRCC protocols for obtaining the required information. She will guide you through the process.