Families First Act (FFCRA) FAQs

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Highlights

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Families First Act Essentials

Effective April 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.



Am I permitted to give my employees more time off with pay?
Yes, but the credit only applies to the quantified earnings amounts.

Do you need to notify the Dept. of Labor if you are under 50 employees and not offering the paid sick leave and expanded medical leave?

How do I calculate pay for a part-time employee or variable hour employees?
Calculate hours and pay based on the number of hours the employee is normally scheduled to work. If hours vary or pay changed, use a six-month average to calculate daily hours and pay.

Does overtime have to be in the calculation?
Yes if that is what normally is scheduled, however, the Act only covers up to 80 over a two week period. For example, if someone usually works 50 hours a week, they would get paid 50 hours for week one plus 30 hours for week two.

Can an employee use both types of leave?
Yes but the total maximum payout is for 12 weeks -ex. two weeks at the sick leave rate of pay and 10 weeks of family leave at the 2/3 rate of pay.

What happens if you gave your employee paid leave per the qualifications for COVID prior to April 1?

You must pay again for any leave beginning April 1, 2020. There are no retroactive payment requirements to leave prior to April 1 even if it meets the qualifications of the Act.

Is all paid leave now covered?

No. The only leave meeting the qualifications are covered — i.e. it must be COVID related illnesses, care, or child-care shortages.


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