The Department of Labor enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This act is meant to assist employees during COVID-19 by providing additional leave options. These new options are effective April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
These options include:
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA)
The federal government has expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide up to 12 weeks of partially paid coronavirus-related family leave. Eligible employees may take this leave if they are unable to work or telework due to the need to care for a minor child whose school or day care is closed due to COVID-19.
How to Apply
Complete and submit the Request for Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) Form.
Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)
This new leave provides up to 80 hours of paid leave for eligible employees if they are unable to work, on site or remotely, for the following reasons:
- The employee is subject to a government-ordered quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
- The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
- The employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis.
- The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a government-ordered quarantine or a health care provider’s recommendation to self-quarantine.
- The employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed due to COVID-19.
- The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.
How to Apply
Complete and submit the Request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) Form.