If you are an entrepreneur wondering how to care for your employees, or a worker worried about whether you have any rights to paid time off during this unprecedented public health crisis, you should know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The bill goes into effect today, April 1, 2020.
The bill provides paid leave benefits to almost all employees of private employers and nonprofit organizations with fewer than 500 employees, and most government employers of any size
The following is a quick guide to the FFCRA. Please contact me if you need help understanding how this law, and related local and state laws apply to you or your business.
The bill contains two main provisions:
(1) paid family leave for workers with children at home due to school closures;
(2) paid sick leave for workers for a variety of COVID-19 related reasons, including caring for themselves, a family member, or a child home from school.
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act
Employers are entitled to a refundable tax credit equal to 100% of the qualified paid family leave wages paid by employers for each calendar quarter.
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
A worker is eligible if:
1. the employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID–19, or is caring for an individual subject to such order;
2. the employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID–19, or is caring for an individual how has been advised to self-quarantine;
3. the employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID–19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
4. the employee is caring for a son or daughter of such employee if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable, due to COVID–19 precautions;
5. the employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Amount of Leave
Employers are entitled to a refundable tax credit equal to 100% of the qualified sick leave wages paid by employers for each calendar quarter.
Posting Requirements & Department of Labor FAQ
The Department of Labor has also issued a Frequently Asked Questions discussing many of the questions I have heard from clients since this bill was signed.
I am passionate about providing entrepreneurs and individuals effective and high-quality representation in all aspects of California labor and employment law.
The above updates may be considered an advertisement or solicitation. The content enclosed is not intended to provide legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship. Copyright 2019
Attorney Advertising. This website is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.onship.