Updates and guidance for Philadelphia workers during COVID-19.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, the City of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have restricted certain workplace activities. Affected workers can learn about:
- Using sick leave.
- Getting unemployment compensation.
- Getting workers’ compensation.
- Finding job opportunities.
The City is also working to support residents who are struggling with housing, utilities, and other core needs.
Using sick leave
The City’s Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, otherwise known as the sick leave law, has expanded in response to the pandemic.
During the COVID-19 risk, covered employees can use accrued paid sick time for:
- Mandated business closures.
- Caring for children during school or childcare closures.
- Official quarantine and self-quarantine.
- Illness and treatment of an illness for oneself or a family member.
Employees don’t have to provide a note from a medical professional in order to use consecutive paid sick leave during the COVID-19 health risk.
Employers can request sick leave compliance assistance or ask questions, and employees can find out if they are covered or request training by contacting the Office of Benefits and Wage Compliance at 215-686-0802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting unemployment compensation
You may be eligible for unemployment compensation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania if:
- Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19.
- Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19.
- You’ve been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19.
- You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or you live or work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts.
Because of COVID-19, the Commonwealth is waiving wait time and work requirements for applicants. Learn how to apply online for unemployment compensation.
If you need assistance completing the application, visit the Philadelphia Legal Assistance resource page or call 215-999-6910.
Getting workers’ compensation
If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation from the Commonwealth. You’ll either need to:
- Provide medical evidence that you were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace.
- Show that COVID-19 is occurring more in your occupation or industry than in the general population.
You can find out more about filing for workers’ compensation due to COVID-19 from the PA Department of Labor & Industry.
Opportunities for essential workers
PA CareerLink® Philadelphia is connecting job seekers with employers who are hiring during COVID-19. Visit their website to explore the current job opportunities and learn how to apply.
Applying for Medical Assistance or Medicaid
HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance/Medicaid program, provides many health care options based on income, resources (in some cases), and other eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply, visit Compass PA.