Check With Your Employer About Paid Sick And Expanded Family Medical Leave

Updated 12/30/20

Employees impacted for various reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic may no longer be eligible for paid sick leave and expanded medical and family leave that was available through Dec. 31, 2020.

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers were required to provide qualifying employees with up to two weeks of paid sick leave. In general, eligible employees included people working for small businesses with fewer than 500 workers, as well as certain public sector workers. 

While businesses will no longer be required to provide the paid leave under the FFCRA after Dec. 31, the U.S. government, as part of the new COVID-19 relief bill, is still offering incentives to private employers who voluntarily offer ‘FFCRA like’ benefits through March 31, 2021.

The new bill, which was passed at the end of December, also includes a new round of Payroll Protection Program loans, enhanced jobless benefits, and a new round of economic stimulus payments.

With the FFCRA paid leave no longer being required, it is recommended that employees check with their employers as to whether or not they are voluntarily offering the coronavirus-related leave benefits.