The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired Dec. 31, 2020. UNC Asheville is closely monitoring activity by the federal government, which may take steps to extend, modify or pass new legislation in 2021 to provide additional COVID-19 related leave.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was created to assist employees who have work available but who are unable to work or telework due to COVID-19 qualifying events. The FFCRA provides eligible employees with two types of paid leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (EFML). These new benefits are effective May 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.
Eligible employees may receive paid leave under FFCRA for the following qualifying reasons:
- The employee is subject to a government-ordered 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 COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis.
- The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a government-ordered quarantine or a health care provider’s recommendation to self-quarantine.
- The employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed due to COVID-19, or the child’s regular childcare provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.
- 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.”
For more information on the FFCRA leave provisions, please visit the:
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act web page
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Fact Sheet & FAQs