Coronavirus

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act paid leave provisions are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

FAQs

What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act?

The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Who is eligible?

Under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) portion of the Act, there is no service requirement, all full time and part time employees are eligible.Under Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) an employee must have completed 30 days of service to be eligible.

What are the qualifying reasons for which an employee can request leave under the FFCRA?

Employee is unable to work including unable to work remotely because:

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act: The employee (1) is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID‐19; (2) Has been advised by a health care provider to self‐quarantine related to COVID‐19; (3) is experiencing COVID‐19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis; (4) is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self quarantine as described in (2); (5) is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID‐19 related reasons; or (6) is experiencing any other substantially‐similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act: Employee is unable to work including unable to work remotely because of (5) above (is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed or child care provider is unavailable).

If an employee is eligible, how much leave is provided?

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act: A full time employee is eligible for up to two weeks (80 hours). A part‐time employee is eligible for the number of hours that they would normally work in that time period.
  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act: Up to an additional ten (10) weeks

If an employee took regular FMLA in the prior 12 months, are they eligible for an additional ten weeks?

No, the time taken as FMLA in the prior 12 months is deducted from the ten weeks available under EFMLA.

Are the leaves provided paid or unpaid?

These leaves are paid subject to maximums established by the FFCRA . Please see link below for more information:

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

How does an employee apply for these leaves?

Links to these forms are provided below: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) Election Form

http://www.mdc.edu/hr/OnlineForms/Benefits/MDC_EFMLA_Request_Form.pdf

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) Election Form

http://www.mdc.edu/hr/OnlineForms/Benefits/MDC_EPSLA_Request_Form.pdf