The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
HR 6201, THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA)
Effective date: April 1 – December 31, 2020
These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
The FFCRA provides employees with paid sick leave through the Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLEA) and provides employees with up to 10 weeks of protected paid leave to eligible employees for a Coronavirus related reason. This includes staying home from work because of the Coronavirus, caring for a close family member under quarantine (or isolation) or caring for a minor child who cannot go to school or daycare because of a public health emergency caused by Coronavirus.
Emergency Family and Medical Act Leave Expansion Act
Bottom Line: FMLEA is an expansion of the current FLMA.
Companies Affected: Employers with 50- 500 employees.
Impact for YOU: Employees (if eligible) would be required to complete an initial 10-day waiting period then receive up to 10 weeks at 2/3 of wages up to a maximum of $10,000/eligible employee.
Eligibility: Must have been employed with the employer for 30 calendar days employment AND Employees who are unable to work or telework because the employee is caring for their child (18 years or younger) due to school closure or if the childcare provider is unavailable due to a public health emergency.
Bottom Line: This is a completely new emergency benefit.
Companies Affected: Private employers with 50-500 employees or a public agency or any other entity (that is not a private entity or individual) and employees 1 or more employees.
Impact for YOU: Employees (if eligible) would receive up to 2 weeks of their full wages (based on hours worked), up to $5,110/eligible employee.
Eligibility: Immediately eligible upon first day of AND Employee becomes subject to a Federal,
State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to Coronavirus, OR Employee has been advised by healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to Coronavirus, OR Employee is experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, OR Employee is caring for an individual who is subject to an order described in (1) or has been advised as described in (2), OR Employee is caring for their child because the school is closed or childcare provider is unavailable due to Coronavirus, OR Employee is experiencing a similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health & Human Services.