The Families First Corona Virus Relief Act (FFCRA) was enacted on March 18, 2020 and contains two emergency paid leave programs to support employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Division C of the FFCRA, “The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act” (EFMLEA), amends Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. 2601 et seq. (FMLA), and permits employees to take up to twelve weeks of expanded family and medical leave if they are unable to work (or telework) due to caring for their child for a reason associated with COVID-19.
Employees must qualify and provide requested documentation as defined in the law and expanded upon by the Dept. of Labor and IRS in order to receive paid leave.
Please complete the following form to apply for EFMLEA leave:
Definition of "Child"
"Child" means a biological, adopted or foster child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis, who is under 18 years of age or 18 or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability
Explanatory statement regarding Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation orders due to COVID-19.
If your child has been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends a quarantine. Exposure is defined as close contact during a time the individual may have been contagious. Close contact means within 6 ft of the individual for more than 15 minutes, or direct contact (hug, kiss), or sharing of eating or drinking utensils, or if the person coughed or sneezed respiratory droplets onto your child. Employees who care for an exposed child will be required to quarantine for 10 days after the child tests positive and then be tested with a COVID PCR test. Employees may return to work after the negative test result if their child has recovered and the employee has not not developed any symptoms of COVID.
Explanatory statement regarding advisement by a health care professional to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
Health care provider is defined as a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant. The health care provider's advice to self-quarantine must be based upon the doctor's belief that the employee's child has COVID-19, may have COVID-19, or is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
Written documentation of the quarantine recommendation should be requested.
If the health care provider's office is unable to see the child or provide a written note, then a verbal recommendation to self quarantine should be documented. Record the date of the conversation and who relayed the information from the health care provider (name and position such as nurse, medical assistant, or receptionist).
Explanatory statement regarding employee's children who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
Symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.
Leave under this provision is limited to time spent actively pursuing a diagnosis, such as visiting the doctor and waiting on a test result. If self-quarantined while waiting for a doctor's appointment or test result, please request documentation from the appointment or test result and submit when available.
Employees will not qualify for paid sick leave if they take paid sick leave to self-isolate with their child without seeking a medical diagnosis and providing documentation of the results.
Definition of "Childcare Provider" or "School"
"Child care provider" means a provider who receives compensation for providing child care services on a regular basis, including:
• A center-based child care provider.
• A group home child care provider.
• A family child care provider (one individual who provides child care services for fewer than 24 hours per day, as the sole caregiver, and in a private residence).
• Other licensed provider of childcare services for compensation.
• A childcare provider that is 18 years of age or older who provides child care services to children who are either the grandchild, great grandchild, sibling (if such provider lives in a separate residence), niece or nephew of such provider, at the direction of the parent.
"School" means an elementary or secondary school.