The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created two paid leave provisions for employers with fewer than 500 employees and public employers with at least one employee. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provides up to two weeks of paid sick leave for qualifying reasons. The Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) expands the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide paid benefits in certain situations.
Employers of health care providers or emergency responders may elect not to provide this leave to those specific employees. In addition, small businesses (defined as fewer than 50 employees) may be exempted from providing paid sick leave only if the leave request is because of the child’s school or place of care is closed, or childcare provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons.
This FFCRA sample policy outlines the rights and responsibilities that employers should communicate with their employees.