Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The FFCRA, effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, has two main provisions relating to employee leave, either because of the employee’s own Covid-19 illness, suspected illness, quarantine order, or to care of a family member due to Covid-19-related reasons.
The two main leave provisions of the FFCRA are:
The “EPSLA” provides employees with paid sick leave if the employee is unable to work (or telework) for certain Covid-19-related reasons. The “EPSLA” is a job-protected leave and employees are entitled to continue health insurance benefits during the leave.
The “EFMLEA” provides covered employees up to 12 work-weeks of job-protected leave, which may be used for only one reason: to care for the employee’s “son or daughter” in the event the child’s school is closed or child care provider is unavailable due to Covid-19-related reasons.