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Managing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1st, 2020 to help employees and employers make the right decision related to caring for themselves and family impacted by COVID-19. The FFCRA requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide their employees with sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19.

In simple terms, the ACT states:

  • Employees with a COVID-19 related illness, or compromised immune disorder, may be eligible for up to 80 hours of emergency sick leave at full pay, depending on the situation.
  • Employees with a bona fide need to care for a child (under 18 years of age), may be eligible for up to 80 hours of emergency sick leave at partial pay, depending on the situation.
  • Employees who have been employed for at least 30 calendar days and are unable to work due to a bona fide need to care for a child (under 18 years of age), may be eligible for supplemental pay up to an additional 10 weeks.

Additional details on FFCRA Employer and Employee rights, including an Employee Rights Poster and a detailed FAQ can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor/Wage and Hour Division site:  https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

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