Griffin Spalding County School System Families First Coronavirus Response Act
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The Department of Labor enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This act is meant to assist employees during COVID-19 by providing additional leave options. These new options are effective Apr. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. View the employee rights under the act here. 
These options include:
  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA)
  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)

EFMLEA

The federal government has expanded this option to provide up to 12 weeks of partially paid coronavirus-related family leave. Eligible employees may take this leave if they are unable to work or telework due to the need to care for a minor child whose school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19.
 

EPSL

This new leave provides up to 80 hours of paid leave for eligible employees for the following reasons:
  • the employee is subject to a government-ordered quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19
  • the employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19
  • the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis
  • the employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a government-ordered quarantine or a health care provider’s recommendation to self-quarantine
  • the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed due to COVID-19
  • the “employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.” 

Overview of Leave Programs

EFMLEA and EPSL can be taken only in the event an employee is unable to work or telework. Other requirements apply.
FMLA
EFMELA
EPSLA
Effective Date
1993
4/1/2020
4/1/2020
Expiration
No expiration
12/31/2020
12/31/2020
Type of Leave Covered
Medical leave for self
Yes
No
Yes
Medical leave to care for family
Yes
No
Yes
Leave to take care of minor child whose school or daycare is closed
No
Yes
Yes
Key Provisions
Leave period covered by law
12 weeks1
12 weeks1
80 hours3
Is Leave paid?
No
After 2 weeks
Yes (Can be used during first 2 weeks of eFMLEA)
Amount of leave pay
N/A
2/3
2/3 or Full2
Cap on leave pay
N/A
$200/day; $10,000 total
$200 or $511/day; $2,000 or $5,110 total2
Can I take this for smaller increments than eight hours in a day?
Yes
No3
No3
Can employees use sick, vacation, personal time to supplement leave
Yes
No
No
Job protection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Qualifications
Minimum period of employment for coverage
12 months and at least 1.250 hrs worked
30 days
None
Part-time employees covered?
24+ hrs/week
Yes3
Yes3
Covered employee groups
All employees subject to FMLA rules
1 Combination of FMLA and EFMLEA in the fiscal year cannot exceed 12 weeks.
2 Full pay applies to leave taken for self with cap of $511/day or $5,110 total. If leave is taken to care for family member or for childcare purposes, rate is 2/3 of regular pay with cap of $200/day or $2,000 total.
3 In proportion to their average hours.

How To Apply

Time/Pay Entry

  • FMLA/EFMLEA: The GSCS HR will enter an employee's time/pay.
  • EPSL: The GSCS HR will enter an employee’s time/pay into Frontline’s Time and Attendance Portal.

Questions

Please refer to the FFCRA Frequently Asked Questions here for additional information.
 

Contact

For more information, contact Edna Aikens at edna.aikens@gscs.org