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New Law Expands Paid Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave for Employees Impacted by Coronavirus


The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expends paid sick leave and other benefits for employees impacted by COVID-19. FFCRA applies to certain public employers, and business owners with fewer than 500 employees. FFCRA requires certain employers, including many small businesses, to provide eligible employees with:

· Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work due to medical quarantine, and/or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a diagnosis;

· Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at 2/3rds the employee’s normal pay rate if the employee is unable to work due to the bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine or to care for a minor child who is sick, or who is unable to attend school or daycare due to a COVID-19 related issue.

· Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family or medical leave at 2/3rds the employee’s regular rate of pay (if the employee has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose daycare or school is closed or unavailable due to a COVID-19 related issue.

There are important exceptions and limitations, especially for small businesses struggling to adjust to the economic and other impacts of the Corona virus.

This post is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For more information, see https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave or contact the Ledbetter Law Firm at (928) 649-8777.

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