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COVID-19 Human Resources Updates

People with Certain Medical Conditions

Revisions were made on November 2, 2020, to reflect recent data supporting the increased risk of severe illness during pregnancy from the virus that causes COVID-19. Revisions also include the addition of sickle cell disease and chronic kidney disease to the conditions that might increase the risk of severe illness among children.

Revised ruling for FFCRA Effective September 16, 2020-Dec 31, 2020

The revisions do the following:

  • Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that employees may take FFCRA leave only if work would otherwise be available to them.
  • Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that an employee have employer approval to take FFCRA leave intermittently.
  • Revise the definition of “healthcare provider” to include only employees who meet the definition of that term under the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations or who are employed to provide diagnostic services, preventative services, treatment services or other services that are integrated with and necessary to the provision of patient care which, if not provided, would adversely impact patient care.
  • Clarify that employees must provide required documentation supporting their need for FFCRA leave to their employers as soon as practicable.
  • Correct an inconsistency regarding when employees may be required to provide notice of a need to take expanded family and medical leave to their employers.
     

Family First Coronavirus Response Act Poster (FFCRA)
 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Click the link above for more information. 
 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

 https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions