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FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect April 1, 2020 and seeks to assist employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (including student employees). The FFCRA includes two types of paid leave for employees who are unable to work, including those who are not able to work remotely, for COVID-19 related reasons: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA).
 
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL)
EPSL provides up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees who are unable to work (onsite or remotely) and who meet one of six qualifying reasons related to COVID-19.
 
Who is eligible?
All employees, including employees who do not currently earn leave, are eligible from their first day of employment. This includes temporary/casual and student employees.
 
What are the six qualifying reasons for EPSL?
EPSL is provided if an employee is unable to work onsite or remotely for one or more of the following reasons:
 
  1. The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID–19.
  2. The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID–19. A self-imposed quarantine without medical advice does not qualify.
  3. The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID–19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis.
  4. The employee is caring for an individual (not specifically limited to family members) subject to or advised to quarantine or self-isolate.
  5. The employee is caring for the employee’s child whose school or place of care is closed, or whose childcare provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions.
  6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of the State.

 
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA)
EFMLA expands the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to provide leave for employees who are unable to work, including those who are not able to work remotely, as a result of having to care for a minor child due to a COVID- 19 related closure of a school or childcare center.
 
Who is eligible?
Employees are eligible to take leave under EFMLA if they have been employed at least 30 calendar days. This includes employees in non-leave accruing positions, such as temporary/casual and student employees. Unlike the other provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), there are no hours worked requirements for eligibility, and employees are not required to work the normal 12-month period for leave taken pursuant to the EFMLA.
 
How many weeks of leave does EFMLA cover?
The EFMLA amends and expands the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), on a temporary basis, to provide qualifying employees 12 weeks of leave (only weeks 3-12 are paid) if the employee is unable to work, including working remotely, due to the need to care for the employee’s child (under 18 years of age) if the child’s school or place of care is closed or the childcare provider is unavailable due to a public health emergency.  A public health emergency is “an emergency with respect to COVID-19 declared by a Federal, State, or local authority.”
 
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. These paid leave provisions are not retroactive.  Prior to April 1, 2020, A&M members were encouraged to designate emergency leave to employees to account for non-productive hours due to reasons related to COVID-19.


This type of leave would be requested through Workday using the same process as you would for other types of leave.  This type of leave will go to the Absence Partner role in Workday for compliance/final approval after the Manager’s approval.
 
For additional information, please access the links below or contact hr@tamut.edu.

Resources
FFCRA Presentation
FFCRA FAQs
FFCRA Notice to Managers
FFCRA Poster
Workday User Guide/Job Aid on Requesting Time Off for FFCRA
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