• The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The FFCRA guarantees sick leave for workers and their families affected by COVID-19. These provisions will apply starting April 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020.

     

    Qualifying Reasons for Leave Related to COVID-19 

     

    An employee is entitled to take leave related to COVID-19 if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework, because the employee:

    1. Is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19

    2. Has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19

    3. Is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis

    4. Is caring for an individual who is subject to either number 1 or 2 above.

    5. Is caring for their child whose school or place of care has been closed, or their childcare provider is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions

    6. Is experiencing another substantially similar condition specified by the CDC and the Secretary of Health and Human Services

     

    Generally, in addition to quarantine leave as provided in your union labor agreement, the Act provides that employees of covered employers are eligible for:

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay, where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to federal, state or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), and/or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; (reasons 1-3 above); or

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds (2/3) the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to federal, state or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor (reasons 4-6 above); and

    • Up to a total of 12 weeks paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave at 2/3 the employee’s regular rate of pay, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, and is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 (reason 5 above).

     

    For more information, including how to apply for paid leave, please visit COVID 19 Leave Information

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