Note: New information is highlighted, below.  This document replaces the previous version that was sent out on 3/16/20.  IYR may continue to modify these IYR EPSL measures as we receive additional information. 

To what absences from work does this additional leave benefit apply?  IYR ESPL applies to a work absence caused by any of the following:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, or you are caring for someone who is experiencing symptoms, that could be related to COVID-19.
  • If you have been quarantined, or you are caring for someone who is quarantined, due to possible exposure to COVID-19.
    • This provision includes “self-quarantine” based on your own assessment of your health and/or vulnerability to COVID-19, including your absence due to fear of coming to work and contracting the disease.
    • In this situation, you would use IYR EPSL during that absence, and if that leave is used up you could then choose to use regular accrued sick leave or vacation, paid time off (PTO), or be on unpaid leave.
  • If you are caring for a child who is unable to care for him- or herself due to the COVID-19-related closing of their school, child care facility, or other care program.

How does this EPSL leave relate to my other IYR paid leave benefits? We intended that you use this additional paid leave for any COVID-19-related reason before you begin to use your accrued IYR PTO, vacation, or sick leave. Remember:

  • IYR EPSL does not become part of your normal accrued PTO or sick leave bank and you will not be paid for unused IYR EPSL;
  • IYR EPSL is only available for absences related to COID-19 and may not be used as vacation time.

Are all IYR employees eligible for this additional leave?  Yes. All IYR employees, including full- and part-time employees, regardless of their hire date, may use this paid leave benefit for qualifying COVID-19-related absences from work.

When am I allowed to begin using this leave?  This benefit may be used immediately for qualifying COVID-19-related absences and may be used retroactively for any qualifying COVID-19-related absences that occurred since the beginning of the pay period on Saturday, March 7.

How long will this leave be in effect? 

IYR EPSL will be in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency period as determined by local health authorities.  Please remember that you can only use this paid leave for COVID-19-related reasons. IYR EPSL is separate from your normal sick leave or PTO, and does not become part of your sick leave or PTO bank.

Note: This IYR EPSL is separate from and in addition to the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency paid sick leave initiated on April 1. For more information on this FFCRA paid leave see “Employee Information Sheet on FFCRA Paid Sick Leave” by clicking here.  

Do I need a doctor’s note to qualify for this leave?  

No. You are not required to provide medical documentation to confirm the reason for your absence. However, you are expected to communicate with your supervisor that you will be absent and the qualifying reason for your absence. Please provide that notice as far in advance as you can.