In March the federal government passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act amended the FFCRA by providing certain technical corrections and clarifying language. Beginning April 1, these new laws require certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. As public employers, state agencies and institutions of higher education are required to comply with the provisions of the FFCRA regardless of size.
The Comptroller’s office is documenting these changes and updating the statewide payroll systems, and will provide more detailed information this week. Agencies should review the federal guidelines and update your policies accordingly.