Must Purdue grant leave to an employee who is sick with COVID-19?
Employees who are ill with COVID-19 should be advised to remain at home until cleared by their local public health department to minimize the spread of the virus.
If an employee was traveling on university business when they were instructed to self-isolate, or if they contracted the virus from a patient they were treating, time off would generally be covered as administrative leave or workers’ compensation. This is because the illness arose out of, and in the course of, their employment.
Employees who contract the virus on vacation, or who are directed to self-isolate following a vacation or other personal travel, should be encouraged to avail themselves of options available under Purdue’s sick leave policy.