Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act FFCRA) will help workers – through the enactment of two acts that are part of the FFCRA:

  • The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
  • The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)

The laws were enacted in response to the COVID-10 pandemic. The FFCRA reimburses private US employers who have less than 500 employees – through tax credits – for providing paid leave – when the leave meets specific reasons which are related to the virus. The FFCRA helps employers keep workers on the company payroll – while “ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.”

These rules are in effect from April 2, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The laws provide the following:

  • How the EPLSA will be administered. This law requires that certain employers give employees up to 80 hours of paid sick leave – for COVID-19 related reasons including:
    • “The employee or someone the employee is caring for is subject to a government quarantine order or has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine”
    • The employee has COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical help.
    • The employee is caring for a child whose school or place that is providing care is closed – or whose child provider can’t provide help due to the COVID-19 virus.
  • How the EFMLEA will be administered. This Law requires that covered employers “provide up to 10 weeks of paid, and 2 weeks unpaid, emergency family and medical leave to eligible employees” – if the worker is taking care of a child under similar conditions as for the EPLSA law.

Questions and answers about the FFCRA can be found here – Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

At the California Law Offices of Stephen A. Danz and Associates, we understand how concerned employees are about a range of COVID-19 issues including the ability to keep their job, their rights to care for themselves and loved ones, and other employee rights. To discuss your current employee rights, call us at 877-789-9707 or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment. Se habla espanol.