Emergency Paid Sick Leave

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, the recently-implemented federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) and B Lab’s commitment to the safety and well-being of its employees and other members of the community, B Lab has adopted this temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) Policy (the “Policy”).  This Policy is applicable to full and part-time employees based in the United States.

1.    Paid Sick Leave.   Under the Policy, employees may take a one-time only paid leave of absence, up to a maximum of two weeks of paid sick leave in addition to other paid leave provided by the Company to the employee, subject to the following conditions.  

2.    Eligibility.  

  • All employees are eligible for EPSL.  

  • Under this Policy, full-time employees are eligible for up to a maximum of two weeks paid leave. 

  • Part-time employees are entitled to a prorated amount of EPSL based on the average number of hours in a two week period. 

3.    Reasons for Emergency Paid Sick Leave:  An employee may use this EPSL if the employee is unable to work or telework because:

  1. The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;

  2. The employee has been advised by a health-care provider to self-quarantine because of COVID-19 concerns;

  3. The employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;

  4. The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19, or has been advised by a health provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;

  5. The employee is caring for the employee’s child because the child’s school or place of child care has been closed, or because the child’s child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions; or

  6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition as may be specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.

4.     Process for Requesting Leave:  We understand that circumstances can change fairly quickly, however, we ask that you provide your manager and/or our People & Culture team with advance notice of your need to take leave as soon as possible given your individual situation.    

5.    New York and California Employees:  Employees located in New York and California may be entitled to additional paid leave to take care of a family member affected with coronavirus under those states’ Paid Family Leave Law.