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June 8, 2020

Employee Leave and COVID-19 – Outline of Federal and NY Benefits

FFCRA (Federal Leave)

  • Effective April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
  • Applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees
  • Emergency Sick Leave
    • 2 weeks at regular salary (capped at $511/day and $5,100 total) OR
    • 2 weeks at 2/3 of regular salary (capped at $200/day and $2,000 total)
  • Emergency FML Expansion
    • Additional 10 weeks at 2/3 pay (capped at $200/day and $10,000 total)
    • To care for minor child whose school or childcare provider has closed because of COVID-19 public emergency
  • Exemptions
    • Businesses with fewer than 50 employees
      • If leave is requested for childcare reasons related to COVID-19
      • If the viability of the business would be in jeopardy
  • Required Employee Notice
  • Employer pays the benefit and is reimbursed via tax credit on Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return.
  • Employer Infographic

New York Paid Sick Leave

  • Effective March 18, 2020 to December 31, 2020
  • Job protection and compensation for employees under quarantine authorized by government entity only (or qualified quarantine of dependent under their care)
  • Employee must be unable to work from home
  • Coordinates with PFL/DBL Expansion
  • Employer size as of 1/1/20 and net annual income determines length of leave and compensation
    • 10 or fewer employees – must provide unpaid, job-protected sick time during an employee’s period of ordered quarantine or isolation (and then PFL/DBL)
    • 10 or fewer employees with net income of more than $1 million – must provide five days of paid sick leave (and then PFL/DBL)
    • 11 to 99 employees – must provide five days of paid sick leave (and then PFL/DBL)
    • 100 or more employees – must provide up to fourteen days of paid sick leave (no additional PFL/DBL)
  • Employer Fact Sheet

New York Paid Family Leave (PFL)/DBL Expansion

  • Effective March 18, 2020 to December 31, 2020
  • After April 1st, for New Yorkers whose pay exceeds FFCRA Federal Leave salary cap or whose quarantine lasts longer than 14 days
  • Applies to employers with fewer than 100 employees
  • Supplements the FFCRA benefit up to NY benefit cap
    • For employee unable to work while under qualified quarantine, combination of PFL and DBL to $2,884.62/week max
    • To care for minor dependent under a qualified quarantine, PFL to $840.70/week max
  • Eligibility Infographic

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