Policy Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Thursday, May 21, 2020

In this Policy Update series, you’ll receive information about recently updated, repealed or approved policies to ensure you are kept abreast of key policy changes. We are excited to provide you with relevant and timely policy information to assist you in your role and your team’s contributions to the College. 

By Michelle Sever, Director, Policy and Special Projects 

The President of the United States signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which is currently set to expire on Thursday, December 31, 2020. In alignment with this law, College employees were notified via The Juice and a Grove article on additional options for paid leave for eligible employees who may be unable to work or telework due to a COVID-19 related reason.

The FFCRA provides two leave options:

  • The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provides up to two weeks of pay for all employees for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • The Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) provides for up to 12 weeks of EFMLA, 10 of which are paid at 2/3 the regular daily rate of pay, up to $200 (or a maximum benefit of $10,000) for eligible employees that need to care for a son or daughter whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.

The provisions of these two acts have been added to the procedures of the following policies:

Please refer to the College Policies above and frequently asked questions for more specific information on EPSLA and/or EFMLA.

For additional questions regarding the policies, resources, eligibility, types of supporting documentation or other available options regarding specific circumstances, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

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