Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in an effort to provide some financial relief for individuals, families, and businesses hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Below, we discuss the provisions of the FFCRA and who’s eligible to receive financial assistance under it.
Eligibility Under the FFCRA
The FFCRA requires certain public employers, as well as private employers with fewer than 500 employees, to provide all of their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19.
These reasons may include:
- The employee must quarantine themselves based on federal, state, or local government order, or at the recommendation of a healthcare provider.
- The employee is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis.
- The employee must care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed for reasons related to COVID-19.
Depending on the employee’s circumstances, they may receive two weeks of paid leave at two-thirds of their regular pay rate, or at their full pay rate.
Additionally, employers must provide up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave to those they have employed for at least 30 days if the employee is unable to work due to the need to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed for reasons related to COVID-19.
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from this requirement if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business.
Confused About the FFCRA? Contact Us Today
If you are an employer or employee who is confused as to eligibility under the FFCRA, our team is here for you.
We know this is a difficult time, and we’re here to help walk you through these new processes and get you the financial security you need and deserve.
Contact Pearson Butler today at (800) 265-2314 to schedule a consultation with our team.