Families First Coronavirus Response Act, FFCRA allows employees with paid sick leave for specified reasons related to catching COVID-19. The Department of Labor first introduced this in the early days of lockdowns as more and more people were unable to work due to taking care of a family member or taking care of their child as schools and other facilities were closed.
With the FFCRA, an employee can get up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at the regular rate of pay because of the employee is unable to work due to quarantined or experienced symptoms of the COVID-19. The same also applies if the employee needs to take care of an individual who’s subject to quarantine such as a family member.
FFCRA Child Care
Families First Coronavirus Response Act also enables employees to take up to 10 weeks (400 hours) of paid expanded family and medical leave at 66 percent of the regular rate of pay. This is for employees who are unable to work due to a bona fide need to take care of a child whose school or care provider was closed due to COVID-19.
The FFCRA has been extended to March 31, 2021, but only for those who haven’t taken a leave in 2020. In addition to this requirement, the employees who want to take FFCRA leave also need to be working for an employer that elected to apply for the FFCRA extension. If both of these conditions aren’t met, the FFCRA extension doesn’t mean anything as the employee won’t be eligible for the leave.
Loss of Job Due to COVID-19
If you’ve lost your job due to COVID-19 or had to quit to take care of a child as you’ve used all the 10 weeks of your FFCRA leave, you might want to weigh-in your options to claim unemployment benefits. You can get both federal and state unemployment benefits.
File unemployment online
All states offer residents to file unemployment claims online. This can be done through the online channels the state operates. Read claim unemployment benefits online to see where you can file your unemployment claim.