Emergency Paid Sick Leave & Family and Medical Leave Through the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act allowed many Americans to get paid leave from work between April 1 and December 31, 2020. The law applied to governments and to most businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The law required employers to give short-term paid leave to employees who were unable to work for certain reasons related to the coronavirus.
After December 31, 2020, your employer is no longer required to give this special coronavirus-related sick leave or expanded family medical leave. However, until March 31, 2021, your employer may choose to offer this leave voluntarily and get federal money. You should ask your employer about federal paid leave if you:
- are subject to a quarantine or isolation order from local, state or federal government;
- have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
- are caring for someone who is subject to governmental or self-quarantine;
- are caring for someone who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
- are caring for your child because the child's school or child care provider is closed; or
- are experiencing a substantially similar circumstance related to COVID-19 (as specified by the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Labor).
What if I was denied leave I was supposed to get under this law?
The federal Department of Labor will accept complaints about leave that was taken or requested between April 1 and December 31, 2020. In most cases, you must file a complaint within two years of the violation. If you think you did not get leave you were supposed to get, contact our helpline at 1-800-889-2047 or fill out our online form.
Need help or more information?
If you have questions or problems with getting this emergency help, contact our helpline at 1-800-889-2047 or fill out our online form.