The Families First Coronavirus Response Act goes into affect April 1. It requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Act applies April 1- December 31 and to every state. It provides two types of leave: up to 2 weeks of paid leave for 6 reasons related to coronavirus, and an additional 10 weeks of paid leave for 1 reason - caring for a child who is home due to mandated school closure. (Note: various requirements apply and you don't necessarily get your full salary.)
Qualifying Reasons for Leave:
Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for paid sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee:
- is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19
- has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19
- is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis
- is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2)
- is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19 or
- is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury.
Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for expanded family leave if the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.
Here are several resources from the U.S. Department of Labor to read, including frequently asked questions, that will clarify the Act and it's benefits. And here is the official bill from Congress.
**The WSA cannot answer individual questions or provide legal advice; we are simply sharing resources.