As an employer, you may be responsible for providing paid sick leave to your employees under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA. The new law is in force through December 31st, 2020 to protect employees and their families from a loss of income due to COVID-19. The FFCRA is enforced by the Department of Labor and is applicable to employers with 500 or fewer employees. Under certain circumstances, an employer with less than 50 employees can be excluded, however, the exclusions are very limited. See exclusions. Please contact your legal counselor for more detailed information.
FFRCA Coverage to all full-time employees (30+ hours per week) includes:
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) paid sick leave at regular wages if the employee is unable to work due to COVID-19 quarantine and/or experiencing symptoms of the virus
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) paid sick leave at two-third’s the regular wages of the employee to care for another individual in quarantine or to take care of a child (under 18) due to school closure related to COVID-19
- Employers must also offer up to 10 weeks paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular wages employed for at least 30 days if the employee must care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed due to COVID-19
For a more detailed explanation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, please visit the Department of Labor’s website by clicking here.
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