Health and Public Benefits

Paid leave for coronavirus

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires most employers with less than 500 employees to provide paid sick and expanded family medical leave to employees impacted by coronavirus / COVID-19. The paid leave under the FFCRA will become available on April 1, 2020.  

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This page was updated on March 30, 2020 to include information on coronavirus-related paid leave through the FFCRA. 

Paid Sick Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires most employers with less than 500 employees to provide paid sick leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. The paid sick leave under the FFCRA will become available on April 1, 2020.

You may qualify for up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at your regular rate of pay, if you are unable to work (or unable to telework) because you are:   

  • Quarantined under a Federal, State or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19; 
  • Advised by a health-care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19; or
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. 

If you are experiencing an illness substantially similar to COVID-19, you may still be eligible for 80 hours of paid sick leave, but at 2/3 of your regular rate of pay.  

If you need to take care of a loved one or a child, you may also qualify for up to 80 hours of paid sick leave, but at 2/3 of your regular rate of pay.  For instance, if you need to: 

  • Care for an individual under a Federal, State or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19; 
  • Care for an individual who has been advised to self-quarantine; or
  • Care for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19. 

A full-time employee is eligible for up to 80 hours of leave and a part-time employee is eligible for the number of hours of leave that they work on average over a two-week period. 

Paid Expanded Family and Medical Leave

The (FFCRA) also requires most employers with less than 500 employees to provide paid expanded family and medical leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. You are eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of paid leave at 2/3 of your regular rate of pay if you: 

  • Have been employed for at least 30 calendar days; and 
  • You are unable to work due to a need to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed (or unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.

Check with the U.S. Department of Labor for the latest information on the FFCRA. 

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