Fear of Coronavirus Isn’t Covered by FFCRA, SHRM
Linda Bond Edwards provides insight into coverage by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in an article published by SHRM, The Society for Human Resource Management on May 1.
The FFCRA provides different types of paid leave when an employee is unable to work or telework due to a specified reason under the law. Under the FFCRA, an employee at a business with fewer than 500 employees or at certain public entities is entitled to take leave related to COVID‑19 if the employee is unable to work due to a variety of circumstances.
In addition, many companies may offer paid leave or flexible work beyond what is covered by FFCRA in order to encourage a healthier work environment.
“The organization that offers leave beyond FFCRA requirements should ensure that the policy is applied consistently so its implementation does not have a disparate impact on any protected group of employees,” explains Edwards.