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Expanded FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) provides financial and leave assistance to employees impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The FFCRA provides emergency Paid Sick Leave for uses related to COVID-19 (“Emergency Paid Sick Leave”) and temporarily expands leave provisions under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).

Employees who believe they meet at least one of the below criteria for expanded FMLA and/or Emergency Paid Sick Leave and want to request leave should complete the following online request form.

Please review the Department of Labor Notice for additional information.

Expanded FMLA

Current employees who have been employed for at least 30 days are now eligible to take FMLA leave if they cannot work or telework due to having to care for the Employee’s child who is under 18 years of age or eighteen (18) years of age or older with a mental or physical disability who is incapable of self-care due to the disability)  if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or the childcare provider is unavailable, due to a public health emergency related to COVID-19 declared by Federal, State, or local authority (“Expanded FMLA Leave”).


After the first ten days of Expanded FMLA Leave which are unpaid, employees on such leave will receive up to 10 additional weeks of paid leave at the rate of two-thirds of the employee’s usual rate of pay and usual hours worked, up to a maximum of $200 per day and $10,000 total. An employee may substitute any form of paid leave for unpaid portions of leave. For example, the employee could use the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave to cover the first ten unpaid days of Expanded FMLA Leave.

Expanded FMLA Leave may be taken beginning April 1, 2020. The right to take Expanded FMLA Leave is no longer available after December 31, 2020.

If you are eligible for and would like to take Expanded FMLA Leave, please complete the Request for Expanded FMLA and Emergency Sick Leave form. An HR Benefits representative will reach out to you with next steps.

You may also be able to take ordinary FMLA Leave if you or a family member are impacted by COVID-19 in a manner that makes you eligible for FMLA leave. For example, if you contract COVID-19 and it becomes a serious health condition, then you may be eligible for ordinary FMLA leave. As another example, if a family member contracted COVID-19 and you are providing care to them while they have a serious health condition, then you may also take FMLA leave. These are only two examples of several instances in which you may be eligible to take FMLA leave, and we encourage you to learn more via the DOL website and the HR FMLA webpage.

To request ordinary FMLA leave, contact the Benefits & Retirement team.

Emergency Sick Leave

The FFCRA also provides Emergency Paid Sick Leave to all employees, even if they are not eligible for Expanded FMLA Leave. Emergency Paid Sick Leave is in addition to accrued paid leave provided under UNF’s Hours of Work, Benefits and Leave Requirements Policy.

Eligible full-time employees may receive up to 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Part-time employees receive up to the number of hours that they would work, on average, over a two-week period.

 

Emergency Paid Sick leave may only be taken for the following six reasons:

  1. Employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
  2. Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  3. Employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  4. Employee is caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in 1 or has been advised as described in 2.
  5. Employee is caring for a child of such employee if the school or place of care of the child has been closed or the childcare provider is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions.
  6. 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 Labor.


Employees who use Emergency Paid Sick Leave for reasons #1-3 are paid at their regular rate of pay and the number of hours the employee would otherwise be normally scheduled to work, up to a maximum of $511 per day and $5,110 in the aggregate.

Employees who use Emergency Paid Sick Leave for reasons #4-6 are paid at 2/3 their regular rate of pay and the number of hours the employee would otherwise be normally scheduled to work, up to a maximum of $200 per day and $2,000 in the aggregate. However, the university has elected to pay the regular rate of pay, up to 80 hours, during the first two weeks for #4-6 with no maximum.

The full allowed amount, up to 80 hours, is granted and may begin to be used effective April 1, 2020. The right to use such Emergency Paid Sick Leave expires on December 31, 2020. Unused Emergency Paid Sick Leave is not paid out upon termination of employment.

If you are eligible to use Emergency Paid Sick Leave, please complete the Request for Expanded FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave online form. An HR representative will review your request and reach out to you with next steps.

 

 

 


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