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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Introduction

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted in March 2020 to assist employees who have work available but who are unable to work or telework due to COVID-19 qualifying events. The Act provides eligible employees with two types of paid leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (EFML). These new benefits are effective April 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. UNCG’s implementation date is May 1, 2020..

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) allows up to two weeks of leave (80 hours total, pro-rated for part-time employees) based on the type of qualifying event (caps apply, see below).
  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) allows up to 12 weeks of paid leave based on the type of qualifying event. The first two weeks are unpaid, but the employee may use other eligible paid leave during that time. Employees are also allowed up to 10 additional weeks (caps apply, see below).
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Eligible employees may supplement the cap limits with Administrative Leave COVID-19 (if available), or personal leave (i.e., Comp Time, Vacation, Bonus or Sick Leave).

Eligibility

  • EPSL – All employees (except for Work Study students) are eligible for the immediate use of paid EPSL for qualifying reasons. There is no length of service requirement for this benefit.
  • EFML – All employees (except for Work Study students) are eligible for the immediate use of paid EPSL for qualifying reasons. Employees must have been employed by the University for at least 30 calendar days immediately prior to the day the leave would begin, are eligible to receive EFML.

FFCRA Provisions

QUALIFYING EVENT
Leave related to COVID-19
if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework, because the employee:
EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE
Up to two weeks of paid leave (80 hrs, pro-rated for part-time)
EXPANDED FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE
Up to 12 weeks of FML (pro-rated for part-time)
1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19100% of regular pay, up to
$511 daily and $5,110 total
2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19100% of regular pay, up to
$511 daily and $5,110 total
3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis100% of regular pay, up to
$511 daily and $5,110 total
4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in #1 or #2 aboveTwo-thirds of regular pay, up to $200 daily and $2,000 total
5. is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasonsTwo-thirds of regular pay, up to $200 daily and $2,000 totalFirst 2 weeks of leave are unpaid (employee may use other eligible paid leave)

Up to 10 additional weeks paid at two-thirds of regular pay, up to $200 daily and
$10,000 total
6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (none has been declared)Two-thirds of regular pay, up to $200 daily and $2,000 total

How To Apply

  • Employees can apply for sick leave and/or expanded family and medical leave by submitting a completed EPSL/EFMLA form to askbene@uncg.edu.
  • The Benefits Office will review and follow up with you and your supervisor regarding the approval/denial of your request and provide additional instructions regarding timekeeping/leave entries.
  • Note about childcare: If you are applying for leave because of childcare issues, you may request to use EPSLA or EFMLEA leave on an intermittent basis by completing a proposed work arrangement, subject to your supervisor’s approval. Please work with your supervisor to align your requests with the specific time necessary to provide care for your child and complete the work required for your position.

Please contact askbene@uncg.edu with questions regarding FFCRA.

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