Effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
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.
Paid Leave Entitlements:
Up to two weeks (80 hours, or a part-time employee’s two-week equivalent) of paid sick leave based on the higher of their regular rate of pay, or the applicable state or Federal minimum wage, paid at:
• 100% for qualifying reasons #1-3 below, up to $511 daily and $5,110 total;
• 2/3 for qualifying reasons #4 and 6 below, up to $200 daily and $2,000 total; and
• Up to 12 weeks of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave paid at 2/3 for qualifying reason #5 below for up to $200 daily and $12,000 total.
A part-time employee is eligible for leave for the number of hours that the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period.”
Eligible Employees, generally speaking are “employees of private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees…”
6 Qualifying Reasons for Leave Related to Covid-19 qualify the employee unable to work, including unable to telework.
- Quarantined by federal, state or local order
- Required to self-quarantine under direction from a health professional
- Experiencing symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis
- Is caring for anyone under quarantine or symptomatic and awaiting diagnosis
- Caring for children in response to school closures/no childcare
- “Experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”
Enforcement: “The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has the authority to investigate and enforce compliance with the FFCRA.”
Disclaimer: The above should be considered an overview and is only intended as general information. It does not replace legal or professional counsel.