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VOLUME 29 | March 2020



Coronavirus, Paid Sick Leave, and the Americans with Disabilities Act – Where do Maryland Employers stand?

By: Adam Konstas, Esq.

As more news breaks of the spread of the Coronavirus and the measures taken by government and private sector institutions in response, one topic that persistently arises is paid sick leave. The CDC has advised employers to encourage sick employees to stay home, to ensure that employees are aware of sick leave policies, and to ensure that their policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance. In response, companies across the country attempting to deal with the impact of coronavirus have already revisited their existing paid leave policies or implemented new paid leave policies in order to protect their workers. This week, companies like Walmart and Darden Restaurants (parent company of Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and other nationwide chains) announced new policies in response to the outbreak.


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Adam E. Konstas is an Attorney in PK Law’s Education and Labor Group.  He represents local school boards, superintendents, private schools, colleges, and private sector employers before federal and state courts, and federal and state civil rights agencies on a variety of matters, including employment discrimination litigation, teacher and student discipline, collective bargaining, and sexual harassment. Mr. Konstas also advises schools on the design and implementation of policies and procedures regarding student and employee relations, and system-wide policy issues including the use of online instructional tools and cloud computing, student data privacy, anti-discrimination, and website accessibility.

Mr. Konstas is an adjunct professor of school law at McDaniel College, where he completed a class on “Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning” and is currently teaching an online school law class. He has also lectured on employment law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Mr. Konstas can be reached at 410-339-5786 or



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