What rights do parents have if they miss work due to child having COVID-19?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More kids are getting sick with COVID-19 and that means even more students are told to stay home from school because of exposure.

Dealing with that fallout is a dilemma many parents are facing.

FOX13 asked attorneys what rights do parents, and their employers have if someone needs to take off work to care for their child.

A lot of people want to know what employers are legally obligated to provide for those employees right now.

Attorney Bruce Kramer said workplace protections for parents in those cases depend on what particular employment situation the parent is in.

“Is the parent most likely an employee at will or a union contract or employment contract or employment contract,” Kramer said.

Kramer referred to the same Supreme Court case another attorney pointed to last week.

Jacobson versus Massachusetts said a community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic of a disease that threatens the safety of its members.