Leave Due to COVID-19
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFML) are components of the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which were in effect April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The current COVID relief bill did not extend FFCRA beyond December 31, 2020.
If you are unable to work due to COVID-19 please review the following options available to you:
If you already have an approved discretionary flexible work arrangement and can continue working as outlined in the arrangement, no further action is needed unless you become unable to work due to illness or other circumstances (see #2- #3 below)
- If you wish to explore the option of teleworking for this short-term period related to COVID-19, please let us know and we can assist with coordinating the request. If desired, you can work directly with your supervisory chain on a short-term telework request. Please do not disclose medical information in this process. If your supervisor determines telework is not available, you may use your accrued sick leave and/or other accrued leave.
- If you are unable to work due to illness or the inability to telework during your short-term work adjustment related to COVID-19, you may use your accrued sick leave and/or other accrued leave.
- In serious circumstances you may qualify for Family and Medical Leave (FML). This benefit protects your job and benefits while you are unable to work up to a maximum of 12 weeks or 480 hours for a serious medical condition (as defined in the Family and Medical Leave Act) for yourself or an immediate family member.
You must meet eligibility criteria, submit an application and provide medical certification which supports your illness is a serious medical condition. An online application, eligibility criteria and the federal definition of a serious medical condition are available on the Benefits Family and Medical Leave website.