Talk to your boss early about work from home if you need child care

Posted at 3:00 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 03:00:21-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — With COVID numbers on the rise, many of your homes have become classrooms. More and more students are learning full remote, as schools work to figure out how they can test parts of the population.

But if you're working full time, coming up with childcare is something you now have to think about. How do you even broach that topic with your boss, if you're expected to be in the office?

Human resources experts say it's important to talk to your boss as soon as possible. Even if your student is still learning in person, you want to prepare for the possibility of having to be home.

Kristen Russo, from Alcott HR in Buffalo, says you should bring information coming from your child's school to your employer.

"A lot of times, they're posting things online saying, this is what our plan is for the near future," Russo said. "So have that conversation, make sure you're telling them what the plan is."

If you do need to leave your job for a period of time-- to take care of your child-- there is an opportunity to get extended family medical leave, under the CARES Act. That money expires, however, at the end of the year.