Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL)

ESA Change

Lay Off Changed to IDEL Leave of Absence

Change to ESA – IDEL

On May 29, 2020 the government enacted a new regulatory amendment that places all employees on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) when their hours of work are temporarily reduced or eliminated by their employer due to COVID-19.

 What does this change mean for me?

If you have not been recalled back to work yet, this new ESA amendment changes your current lay-off status to a job protected leave of absence – IDEL (infectious disease emergency leave) status. You will remain employed and continue to be eligible for federal emergency income support programs, including CERB.

How long is this leave of absence?

Any employee put on layoff after March 1st who has not been recalled back to work