The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced that it is implementing paid sick leave guarantees for its employees related to the coronavirus. Additionally, RTA officials are offering guidance to employees for wearing facemasks, and have suspended non-essential business travel indefinitely.
“Any employee who is quarantined as a result of COVID-19 will be eligible for up to a two-week leave with full straight time pay,” said RTA CEO/GM, India Birdsong. “We want our employees to have the assurance that in the event their doctor diagnoses them with COVID-19 and orders a quarantine, they will be paid for the 14-day mandated time off, whether or not they have enough sick leave available in their accruals.”
The quarantine must be supported through medical documentation from the employee’s physician, the policy states. Employees will have to provide a return-to-work medical clearance from the doctor, as well.