The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Specifically, the guidance states these provisions apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020.
The Act includes two types of paid employee leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
- Expanded federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to provide workers with partially paid leave for child care purposes.
- Up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for specific reasons caused by COVID-19, including the employee’s own COVID-19 illness.