May 7: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
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. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
To request emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) or Emergency Paid FMLA (EFMLA) as provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA,) please complete the FFCRA Leave of Absence Request Form below and email the form to HR@montevallo.edu as soon as possible before the leave commences.
FFCRA Frequently Asked Questions
- Are the new FFCRA provisions that expand FMLA leave subject to the overall combined leave entitlement of 12 weeks for all qualifying reasons for FMLA leave? For example, if we use a calendar year and someone has already taken 7 weeks of leave due to a surgery and returned to work but now the employee needs to go out to care for children because schools are closed, would they be eligible for only 5 weeks of the new paid leave?
See DOL’s FAQ answers to #44 and #45 (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions).
- It is my understanding that FFCRA’s FMLA expansion can only be used by an employee who needs to stay home to care for a child due to a school closure and that it does not cover/apply if someone has symptoms or has been ordered to stay home. Is that correct?
Yes. Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
- What types of pay does the FFCRA provide?
Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor.
- How does an employee request Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and/or Emergency FMLA Leave Expansion?
The employee should complete the FFCRA Leave of Absence Request form above and provide: 1) a statement of the COVID-19 reason for requesting leave and written support for such reason; and 2) a statement that you are unable to work, including telework, for such reason. Upon receipt of the above, HR will send you the Notice of Designation of Requested Leave For Emergency Paid Sick Leave.