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Can your boss make you use sick leave or vacation time for COVID?

Only certain employers are required to give sick time under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — You go to work. You wear your mask. You wait away from others and you wash your hands. You still get COVID or a coworker does and you’re at risk. Can your employer require you to use your sick leave or vacation time? Yes and no.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA requires only certain employers are required to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded medical leave due to COVID-19.

Covered employers are public or private employers with fewer than 500 employees and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt. This means employers with 51 to 499 employees are covered under this special sick leave, but the rest are not.

“The government thought employers who had more than 500 employees would provide sick leave to their employees without facing hardship.  The government wanted those large employers to do the right thing, whether they do, that’s up to them,” said Nicole Patino, an attorney at The Law Office of Fred T. Hamlet.

A viewer asked 2WTK this week:
Please look into employees being sent home for COVID issues and not being paid!!!!!! Or being made to use vacation time.

Patino says if the business is closed for cleaning due to COVID the employer may be able to require the employee to use their vacation time or unpaid time.   

In North Carolina, if a facility is closed, let’s say due to bad weather, employees who are not salary would not be entitled to pay under the law.


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First look inside new Hilton hotel as surf lagoon boss says 2021 bookings already pouring in

The new Hilton hotel in North Wales will open this spring with a surf lagoon boss saying bookings are already pouring in.

Practical completion for the £11 million Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia and Wave Garden Spa is on track for January 2021.

Guests can check in at the hotel at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Dolgarrog, from Friday March 26.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia – New Hilton Hotel being constructed. First look inside

The update comes as news emerges about a new Covid vaccine that could be rolled out as early as December – with hopes that some sort of normality could return by spring 2021.

After an incredibly challenging year there are huge hopes that pent up demand could mean next year is a bumper one for tourism – although concerns remain that many operators will not make it through the winter.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia took the decision not to reopen this summer due to the pandemic disruption but did crack on with the 106 bedroom hotel.

North Wales Live this week took a tour of the site as the countdown to completion starts.

The interior is starting to take shape with ‘show rooms’ already offering a glimpse of what guests can expect in March.

New room at Hilton Garden Inn

Once open the hotel and spa will create 65 full time equivalent jobs.

It will include 100+ covers in Zephyr’s Restaurant & Bar and the company says they will work closely with local dairies, breweries, distillers and farms to ensure the menu is packed with local produce.

CGI Images of the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Wave Garden Spa at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

There is capacity for conferences and events, and the site will be licenced for weddings and civil partnerships.

The new spa includes a vitality waterfall pool, oversized Himalayan salt sauna, treatment rooms, with an outdoor hot whirlpool and relaxation pods, with fire pits. There is also a yoga studio and a traditional wooden barrel sauna.

CGI Images of the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Wave Garden Spa at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Justin Everley, commercial director at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, said: “We believe it will be a great new new addition to the North Wales accommodation offer.

“It is giving people a recognised brand so they know there is a good standard there and it’s on the site of our adventure park which in itself is a unique offering throughout Europe.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia . Commercial director Justin Everley

“This will bring 65 full time equivalent jobs to the site, at its peak it will be more like 80/90.”

He added: “Our owners have done nothing but demonstrate their confidence in the area since Surf Snowdonia came in 2015.

“We all believe North Wales was on an upward trajectory before this pandemic hit and it

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