The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is a federal emergency leave program that provides paid sick leave, prorated for up to two weeks based on average hours worked and is in effect until December 31, 2020. For the Fall Semester, student employees are eligible for this benefit. There are two different federal programs providing paid leave under the FFCRA:
- Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
- Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion (EFMLA)
In order to qualify for paid leave under these programs, student employees must be unable to telework and meet one of the following reasons:
- The student employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis
- The student employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine
- The student employee is caring for an immediate family member who has a diagnosis of COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis
- The student employee is caring for an immediate family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine
- The student employee is caring for a son or daughter if the school the child attends is closed or if daycare is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions
- The student employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the US Secretaries of Treasury and Labor
Student supervisors with a student employee who is unable to work (remotely or on campus) due to any of the COVID-19 related reasons above, are advised to have the student complete the Student FFCRA COVID-19 Leave Request and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student employees are only eligible for the emergency leave provisions if they have a qualified COVID-19 reason as outlined above. If the student is not scheduled to work or there is no work for the student to perform, they are not eligible for emergency leave.
Upon receipt of a request, Human Resources will work with the supervisor and student to determine eligibility and processing of emergency leave through payroll.
Please contact HR at email@example.com or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.