COVID-19 LEAVE PROVISIONS
Leave options available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on December 31, 2020. This includes emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and leave for child care or elder care.
The Office of State Human Resources has approved the use of up to 160 hours of COVID-19 administrative leave for employees as outlined below:
Employees may receive COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave under the following conditions:
- The employee is subject to a quarantine or an isolation order, or has been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider or public health official.
- The employee has had exposure with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is awaiting a diagnosis (the employee may or may not be demonstrating symptoms).
Under these conditions, COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave is allocated as described below:
- The employee may receive up to 80 hours of COVID-19 paid administrative leave for the absences prior to using any accrued personal leave and paid time off.
- Once these 80 hours have been exhausted, the employee must use their accrued personal leave and paid time off for the absences.
- Once the employee has exhausted their accrued personal leave and paid time off, then the employee may receive an additional 80 hours of COVID-19 paid administrative leave for the absences.
Use of this COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave for the purposes listed is cumulative from March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2021. If an employee used FFCRA emergency paid sick leave in 2020 for any of the reasons listed, then those hours must be deducted from any remaining COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave available through this section. Example: If an employee used 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave in July and became subject to a quarantine or isolation order, they would only be eligible to use COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave if they had exhausted all of their personal leave (including bonus leave).
INTERCHANGEABILITY OF LEAVE
Through March 31, 2021, employees may use accrued sick leave, vacation leave, and bonus leave interchangeably for COVID-19-related absences (child/elder care, cannot telework, etc.).
Employees may, with the approval of their supervisor, be advanced leave in accordance with the annual vacation and sick leave policies which allow advancement of leave up to the amount an employee can accrue in the calendar year.