FEDERAL FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA)
For planning purposes, the District needs to know by Friday, August 14th if you ANTICIPATE the need to take an Emergency Childcare Leave due to a potential Covid-19 childcare issue where you are unable to work should school reopen in September. Please see below for further information.
The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) takes effect April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, and gives certain workers access to emergency paid leave to care for themselves or a loved one, or to care for their children at home, due to coronavirus.
The law requires employers to provide two types of leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Childcare Leave
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
Under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, 80 hours of paid sick time (or part-time equivalent over a two-week period) would be available for immediate use by the employee if the employee is unable to work (or telework) due to concerns related to COVID-19.
- I am subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 that specifically prevents me from working. NJ Travel Advisory List and Restrictions
- I have been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine because of concerns related to COVID-19. (Documentation from healthcare provider must be provided)
- I have symptoms of COVID-19 and I am seeking (or have sought) a diagnosis.
- I am caring for another individual who is subject to quarantine or has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19. (Documentation from healthcare provider must be provided if applicable)
- I need to care for my child(ren) because their school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable because of COVID-19. I certify that no other suitable person is available to care for the child(ren) during the period of requested leave. (Documentation from school or childcare provider must be provided)
- I am experiencing other conditions substantially similar to COVID-19 as specified by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act
The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act requires employers to provide eligible employees with 10 days of unpaid job-protected leave, followed by up to an additional 10 weeks of paid job-protected leave at no less than two-thirds of pay ($200 per day max, $10,000 in the aggregate) for those employees unable to work in order to care for their son or daughter under 18 years old if the school or place of care has been closed, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable due to COVID-19.
If at any time you think you qualify for a leave of absence under the FFCRA for reasons related to Covid-19, you must contact your immediate supervisor and complete the FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave of Absence Request Form. Send completed forms to the Human Resources Office. By completing this form, it does not mean you are required to take the leave rather it will help us determine exactly what staff members may not be able to work for reasons related to Covid-19. This form is to be used between now and December 31, 2020.
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