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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created model notices that must be posted in the workplace and/or distributed by covered employers to current employes.
Guidance provided by the IRS makes clear that an employee's eligibility for paid sick or paid family leave in conjunction with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) should be based on a written request from the employee.
In general, employees of private sector employers with less than 500 employees, and certain public sector employers, are eligible for up to 2 weeks of fully or partially paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons. Employees who have been employed for at least 30 days prior to their leave request may be eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of partially paid expanded family and medical leave due to caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 related reasons.
Please refer to the following sample form within for your employees to request one of the two leaves covered under the FFCRA. These request forms should be adjusted to reflect your company's policies.
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus):
The Occupational Heath and Safety Administration (OSHA) has information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus:
The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a professional human resources membership association and has resources pertinent to managing communicable diseases (such as COVID-19) in the workplace (membership required for certain content access):
HR Source provides expert human resources and management support to more than 1,200 organizations and is a great tool for local members. (membership required for COVID-19 content access):