Families First Coronavirus Response - Angleton Leave Policy

  • information icon This policy is being provided based on the public health situation as AISD understands it today and is for the 2020-2021 school year. Changes to the public health situation over the course of the summer and the 2020-2021 school year may necessitate changes. 

    *most recent update: July 20th, 2020

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to Covid-19.  The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements.  These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

     

    ► REASON FOR LEAVE

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
    • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee iis unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

    ► QUALIFYING REASONS FOR LEAVE:

    Under FFCRA, an employee qualifies for sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee:

    1. Is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order relate to Covid-19
    2. Has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to Covid-19
    3. Is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis
    4. Is caring for an individual subject to an order described in 1 or self quarantine as described in 2
    5. Is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to Covid-19
    6. Is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury

     

    Below are the leave options AISD employees are eligible for:

    Employee unable to work because quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), and/or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. 

    • Complete FFCRA Form for eligibility for Extended Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)
    • Submit proper documentation to meet qualification requirements
    • If eligible, the employee will be granted up to 10 paid sick leave days to use at full daily rate up to $510.
    • If needed, employee use ROLL OVER Leave (state/local leave days)

    Family needs care from employee due to a bona fide need to care for a family member being quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), 

    • Complete FFCRA Form for eligibility for Extended Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)
    • Submit proper documentation to meet qualification requirements
    • If eligible, the employee will be granted 10 paid sick leave days to use at two-thirds of the employee’s regular rate up to $200.00 OR use rollover leave (state/local leave days)
    • If needed, employee use ROLL OVER Leave (state/local leave days)

    Care for a child by an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days. The employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to Covid-19.  

    • Complete FFCRA Form for eligibility for Expanded Family and Medical Leave (EFML)
    • Submit proper documentation (if available) to meet qualification requirements
    • Employee use NON-ROLL OVER Leave (non-duty hours and comp time) for the first two weeks
    • Employee use ROLL OVER Leave (state/local leave days) until two weeks of leave is reached
    • If eligible, the employee will be granted 10 weeks paid leave days to use at two-thirds of the employee’s regular rate u to $200.00 OR  continue to use state/local leave

     

    For more information regarding this leave and your rights, below are links for guidance:

    Covid-19 Support and Guidance (TEA):  https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/coronavirus-covid-19-support-and-guidance

    Temporary rule:  Paid Leave  https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra

    FFCRA: Q&A https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

    Emergency FMLA and Paid Leave:  https://www.tasb.org/services/hr-services/hrx/hr-laws/emergency-fmla-and-paid-leave-effective-april-1,-2020.aspx