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Explaining the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1st. The new law requires certain US employers to provide employees with expanded sick, family, and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. We created this FFCRA template video for you to modify and share within your organization. We hope it helps you communicate the specifics of your revised leave policies.

Video Transcription: Explaining the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Dear colleagues, on March 18th, the government signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA to assist employees affected by COVID-19. The FFCRA goes into effect on April 1st and applies to covered leaves between that date and December 31, 2020. The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Generally, employees of covered employers are eligible for two weeks of paid sick time at the employee's regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work because under quarantine or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; two weeks of paid sick time at two thirds the employee's regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work due to a need to care for an individual subject to quarantine or to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

Finally, employees employed for at least 30 calendar days are eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of their regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work due to a need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19. If you have any further questions or are unable to telework and need to take leave under the FFCRA, please don't hesitate to contact HR. You can also reference our employee intranet for more details.

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