Written by: Jordy Dean
What Does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Mean for Employers?
Applies to: All Employers with fewer than 500 Employees
Effective: April 2, 2020
Beginning April 2, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will require employers to provide protected paid leave and paid sick leave to employees through December 31, 2020.
First, the FFCRA’s Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act extends employee leave protections under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as follows:
- Applicability: Private employers or individuals employing fewer than 500 employees, and public entities with one or more employees.
- Eligibility: Employers must provide paid sick time to employees who are unable to work, or telework, regardless of how long the employee has been employed by the employer, under the following circumstances:
- Federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
- Advice by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19-related concerns;
- Employee experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
- Employee’s need to care for an individual who is subject to an order or who has been advised to quarantine by a healthcare provider;
- Employee’s need to care for a son or daughter if the school or place of care closes or is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions; or
- The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- Review the Act here.
- Have paid leave policies updated.
- Prepare for employee leave requests beginning April 2nd.
- Display required notice (available by March 25th).
- Review your financial planning now.
- Review your ability to comply with the FFCRA and isolation orders.