What rights do you have regarding the coronavirus? Chris McKinney, a top notch lawyer, has drafted some very good FAQ’s regarding this new pandemic. See his post here As a serious illness, most employees would be covered by the Family Medical Leave Act if they contract the virus. The more difficult question is must an employer pay you if he sends you home for self-quarantine? That is, if a worker comes into contact with a person who does have the coronavirus, the employer may tell you to stay home for 14 days before you return to work. If you have used all your sick leave, or you have no sick leave, must the employer pay you for staying home? I know of no Texas statute or caselaw that would require an employer to pay such a worker who is sent home simply to self-quarantine.