Emergency FMLA Now in Effect

Published Friday, April 3, 2020

The federal emergency Family Medical Leave Act and sick leave related to COVID-19 went into effect on Wednesday, April 1. The U.S. Department of Labor outlined these requirements for employers to provide to their all their employees: 

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay if an employee is quarantined or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay if the employee needs to care for an individual in quarantine, or if a school or childcare provider is closed for COVID-19 related reasons. 

If the employee has been working for more than 30 days, the employer must provide: 

  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed for COVID-19 related reasons. 

Employers must provide employees with information about the new benefits. Read more at the department of labor’s webpage here, and download the required poster. 

Eligible employers can claim a dollar-for-dollar tax credit that will help with these new leave requirements. Visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website to learn more.