The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted education and learning, forcing students and teachers to engage in remote learning and teaching when possible and to put education on hold when not. While some educators and their respective departments, districts, or universities have been met with flexibility and patience, others have not. In some cases, teachers may be worried about performance evaluations, having to teach remotely when sick, or being laid off or otherwise retaliated against. If you are an educator, here is an overview of what you should know regarding your rights during the COVID-19 crisis – if you have more questions, please reach out to our experienced employment attorneys at the law office of McOmber McOmber & Luber today.
Questions About the Rights of Educators During COVID-19
If you are an educator, you may have many of the following frequently asked questions about your rights during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Will I still get paid? Many employees who are unable to work right now, or who are unable to work at full capacity, are wondering whether or not they will get paid. Nearly everywhere, teachers who are salaried employees are still getting paid per the terms of their contract. If you believe that your contract has been violated, call an employment attorney.
- What happens if I am sick and unable to teach remotely? Most educators are covered under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires compensation for employees who are unable to work because they have a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, have coronavirus symptoms, or are caring for someone who is sick. You can read more about the details of the act on the website of the U.S. Department of Labor.
- What happens if I have a child at home I need to care for, or a sick loved one, and therefore cannot teach remotely? The same as above – if you are caring for a child who is at home because of a school closure, or a loved one who is sick or under self-quarantine, you are likely eligible for compensation.
- Do I have to go to work if schools in my area reopen? The steps that you should take if your school reopens will be specific to you. If you are an individual who is considered high-risk for serious harm if you contract the coronavirus, you may be eligible to stay home under the Americans with Disabilities Act You may also have the right to stay at home if you are sick, if you have been exposed to a sick person, or if you have to care for a child who is sick or whose school is closed.
Learn More About Your Rights as an Educator
Educators during the coronavirus are facing unique challenges and questions. At the law offices of McOmber McOmber & Luber, our employment law attorneys are here to provide counsel and guidance during this difficult time. To learn more about how we can serve your and your rights as an educator during the COVID-19 pandemic, please call our law office or send us a message requesting a free consultation.