The Families First Cornavirus Act (FFCRA) created two types of paid leave for employees to use for absences due to COVID-19: Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Public Health Leave (EPHL). Leave is available for all employee types including hourly. Details related to both types of leave are outlined below. 

CSU encourages employees and supervisors to use flexible schedules to work on-site or telework and supplement with intermittent leave as needed. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020

FFCRA Paid Leave Qualifying Reasons

  1. Quarantine or isolation order
  2. Advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine
  3. Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis
  4. Caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2)
  5. Caring for a dependent child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider is unavailable)
  6. Experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the US Department of health and Human Services

FFCRA Resource Guide

Leave TypeEmergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)Emergency Public Health Leave (EPHL)
Employee EligibilityImmediately upon hire; includes hourly employeesEmployed for at least 30 calendar days; includes hourly employees
Qualifying ReasonsReasons 1-6Reason 5
Leave EntitlementUp to a total of 80 hours (prorated for part-time), job protected. All 80 hours can be used for any one or for a combination of the reasons identified above.12 weeks; first two weeks unpaid (EPSL or accrued leave can be used during the two weeks). Counts toward annual FML entitlement.
Intermittent Leave
(Authorized at discretion of supervisor)
Reason 1-4 and 6: If teleworking, an employee may take intermittent leave in 2-hour increments. otherwise, leave must be taken in full-day increments.

Reason 5: If working on-site or teleworking, employee may take intermittent leave in 2-hour increments.
If working on-site or teleworking, employee may take intermittent leave in 2-hour increments.
Documentation Required (2 forms-maintain originals in dept; email copy to myhr@colostate.edu)Reasons 1-4: FFCRA Leave Request form; EPSL Certification form

Reason 5: FFCRA Leave Request form; EPHL Certification form
FFCRA Leave Request form;
EPHL Certification form
TCP Leave ReportingRecord time using Job code admin Leave-Pandemic and Project code Emergency paid Sick Leave.Record time using Job code Admin Leave-Pandemic, Project code Child Care FML and a separate FML entry.
Notice and Posting RequirementsMust notify employees about FFCRA paid leave right by psoting notice in a conspicuous place on the premises, emailing or direct mailing to employees, or posting the notice on an employee information, internal or external, website.
Use with LeavePaid leave in addition to current leave policies; can be used before exhausting accrued leave balances, if applicable.
Effective DateFFCRA effective April 1, 2020. Regulation sunsets December 31, 2020.

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