The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Both paid leave provisions take effect April 1, 2020, and both will expire December 31, 2020. These paid leave types apply to Southern Lehigh School District employees. If you have a specific question or have need to apply for one or both of these leave benefits, please contact the Human Resources for a leave request form.
Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)
Under the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, Southern Lehigh employees will be eligible for a new, temporary form of leave that allows them to take up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for one of six qualifying reasons listed below.
- The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID–19.
- The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID–19.
- The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID–19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
- The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in (1) or has been advised as described (2). Please note that the person being cared for does not have to be related to the employee for the employee to qualify for leave.
- The employee is caring for his or her son or daughter whose school or place of care is closed (or the childcare provider is unavailable) due to COVID–19 precautions.
- The 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.
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)
The EFMLEA temporarily amends and expands the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of leave if the employee is unable to work, including working from home (telework), due to the need to care for the employee’s child (under 18 years of age) if the child’s school or place of care is closed or the child care provider is unavailable due to a public health emergency. A public health emergency is “an emergency with respect to COVID-19 declared by a federal, state, or local authority.”