Understanding the New Sick Leave and Child Care Laws to Help Families Impacted by COVID-19

Paid leave and child care amidst pandemicIn recent weeks, Congress has passed paid leave laws for certain workers to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  One notable law is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which requires businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid short-term sick leave for reasons related to COVID-19. Another law provides money for childcare for families impacted by the virus. Details concerning paid leave measures for employees amidst the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

Some key highlights of the new laws are:

  • The sick leave law requires that employers provide up to two weeks of sick leave at full pay (up to $511 per day) if the employee is directly affected by COVID-19.
  • The law also provides partial pay of up to $200 a day to care for affected family members suffering from COVID-19.
  • The law also requires that employers provide long-term paid family and medical leave up for up to an additional 10 weeks and $200 per day for their employees. This measure will help to provide for children whose schools or childcare facilities are closed as a result of the pandemic.

In these challenging times, it’s important that you know your rights in the workplace, especially as new laws are being passed on a weekly basis that change how employers must operate. As we adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to be vigilant to ensure you get what you have rightfully earned. Facts and questions (FAQs) concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act can be found here.

If you have any questions about any of these laws or have another workplace issue that you would like to discuss, please contact us for a free consultation at [email protected] or 800-616-4000.



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