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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Guidance

Issued: April 8, 2020
Updated: April 30, 2021 – View Changes

FPP F.041

Overview

Applicable to

State agencies and institutions of higher education.

Background

Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, 2020, effective April 1, 2020. This law, amended by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, requires certain employers to provide 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 must comply with the FFCRA regardless of agency size. See the Department of Labor’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers, questions 39 and 52-54.

Note: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed in December 2020, allows agencies and institutions to voluntarily continue offering the emergency paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave required by the FFCRA through March 31, 2021. It does not provide any additional leave, so if your agency chooses to continue offering this leave, be sure employees do not take more leave than they are entitled to under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act or the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act. See the Department of Labor’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers, question 104, for additional information.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), effective April 1, 2021, further extends agencies’ and institutions’ ability to voluntarily offer emergency paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave created by the FFCRA through Sept. 30, 2021. Some provisions of the FFCRA were amended by the ARP; those changes are included in each applicable section.

Changes to this Document
Date Updates
04/30/2021 Updates related to American Rescue Plan Act
01/11/2021 Added note box about FFCRA extension