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​Senior Community Service Employment Program Temporary Sick Leave Policy Due to COVID-19 

In response to the circumstances involving the COVID-19 virus and to protect Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) participants, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) implemented a temporary change to Aging Program Directive (APD) 11-05-04 “Senior Community Service Employment Program Policies Governing Federal Holidays, Necessary Sick Leave, Leave of Absence, Terminations and Grievances.”

The most recent guidance issued on April 17, 2020 allowed for a maximum of 140 hours of paid sick leave, paid at their current hourly stipend rate, or the equivalent of seven weeks or three-and-a-half pay periods of SCSEP training, for individuals who met the established criteria. 

In light of the continuing crisis and as restrictions are eased across the commonwealth in the coming months, the following additional guidance is issued. Effective May 1, 2020, through the remainder of the current program year which ends on June 30, 2020, SCSEP sub-grantees are authorized to offer any of the following, as SCSEP participant wages and fringe benefit (PWFB) funding allows:
    • Continue to offer active participants up to 20 hours of paid sick leave per week;
    • Continue to offer paid sick leave to active participants, but at a reduced number of hours;

Or,

    • Place participants on an Approved Leave of Absence if sub-grantees do not have available SCSEP PWFB funding.
NOTE: If a host agency training assignment is available but the SCSEP participant is unwilling to accept the assignment for any reason, including COVID-19-related fears, the sub-grantee may place the participant on an Approved Leave of Absence.

In order to receive paid sick leave, active SCSEP participants must meet one of the below criteria:
    • Doctor’s certification that an individual has the COVID-19 virus;
    • Documented requirement to quarantine – a doctor’s certification for that individual;
Or 
    • No host agency assignments are available due to COVID-19 with no appropriate reassignment available that meets the Individual Employment Plan (IEP) criteria.
Questions are to be directed to David Miles at (717) 783-0178 or davimiles@pa.gov.