On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Act went into effect on April 1st and applies to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. The law is set to expire on December 31, 2020. The law is comprised of two separate Acts:
- The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act which expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act which provides all employees with up to an additional 80 hours (or the equivalent for part-time employees) of paid sick leave that is to be used if the employee is unable to work due to specific COVID-19 related reasons.
Qualifying Reasons for Leave Related to COVID-19 for Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act:
- Employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 (Legal guidance to ISBA has stated that school employees are not subject to the Governor's stay-at-home order since School Districts perform an essential function of feeding students and providing online instruction, provided that social distancing of six feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible);
- Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
- Employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking medical diagnosis;
- Employee is caring for an individual who is quarantined for reasons 1 or 2 above (paid at 2/3 employees regular rate of pay or Federal minimum wage, whichever is higher);
- Employee is caring for their son or daughter whose school or place of care of the child is closed due to COVID-19 precautions (paid at 2/3 employees regular rate of pay or Federal minimum wage, whichever is higher);
- Employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor and Treasury (paid at 2/3 employees regular rate of pay or Federal minimum wage, whichever is higher).
Qualifying Reasons for Leave Related to COVID-19 for Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act:
- Employee is unable to work due to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 (paid at 2/3 employees regular rate of pay or Federal minimum wage, whichever is higher).
To access the FFCRA leave please contact Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information regarding your rights as an employee under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, please see the attached Employee Rights document from the United States Department of Labor.