Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – The Graduate Center (CUNY)

We hope this email finds everyone safe and healthy. Your continuous remote work and services to students and colleagues during this stressful and intense period is greatly appreciated.
 
Please be advised that the recently signed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became effective on April 1, 2020 and will remain in effect through December 31, 2020. Subsequently, the City University of New York (CUNY) will provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to all full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for at least 30 calendar days. 
 
Employees are eligible to apply for paid leave when an employee is unable to work (or telework) for enumerated reasons related to COVID-19 because the employee is: 
1. Subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID–19; 
2. Under self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19 based on the advice of a health care provider; 
3. Experiencing symptoms of COVID–19 and seeking a medical diagnosis; 
4. Caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in (1) or who has been advised as described in (2); 
5. Caring for a son or daughter of any age whose school or place of care has been closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID–19 precautions; or 
6. Experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretaries of Treasury and Labor. 


Qualifying Reasons for Leave and Related Pay Entitlements 

 

Reason  Details/Conditions  Duration  Pay Entitlement 
Ordered Quarantine or Self-Quarantine  Pursuant to government order or advice of a health care provider.  Two weeks
(up to 80 hours) 
· Employees eligible from first date of employment to paid sick time at regular rate of pay for normally-scheduled hours.

· Capped at $511/day and $5,110 for two weeks)
· Prorated for part-time employees (capped at $200/day and $2,000 total)
COVID-19 Symptoms  Experiencing COVID- 19 symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis.  Two weeks
(up to 80 hours) 
· Employees eligible from first date of employment to paid sick time at regular rate of pay for normally-scheduled hours.

· Capped at $511/day and $5,110 for two weeks)
· Prorated for part-time employees (capped at $200/day and $2,000 total)
Care for Quarantined Individual  Pursuant to federal, state, or local government order or advice of a health care provider. 
Two weeks
(up to 80 hours) 
· Employees eligible from first date of employment to paid sick time at 2/3 regular rate of pay for normally-scheduled hours.

· Prorated for part-time employees (capped at $200/day and $2,000 total)
School Closure/ Unavailable Child Care  Care for a child (of any age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.  Two weeks
(up to 80 hours) 
· Employees eligible from first date of employment to paid sick time at 2/3 regular rate of pay for normally-scheduled hours 
· Prorated for part-time employees (capped at $200/day and $2,000 total)
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.  Up to 10 weeks after 10 days unpaid leave (employee may elect to be paid by substituting accrued paid leave, or paid leave related to COVID-19) 
·Paid sick time at 2/3 regular rate of pay for normally-scheduled hours 
· Capped at $200/day and $10,000 total 
Substantially- similar Condition  ​Any other substantially similar condition specified by HHS Secretary  Two weeks
(up to 80 hours) ​
· Employees eligible from first date of employment to paid sick time at 2/3 regular rate of pay for normally-scheduled hours 
· Prorated for part-time employees (capped at $200/day and $2,000 total 

 
 
Please access the following links for the Notice of Rights in English and Spanish:
 
https://www.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/media-assets/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf [cuny.edu]
 
https://www.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/media-assets/1422-spanish.pdf [cuny.edu]
 
You may also visit the Department of Labor’s FAQs webpage at:
 
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions
 
We are awaiting the FFCRA application from the University. The application and additional details will be made available on OHR’s webpage under NEW POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.  In the meantime, please direct all inquiries to:HR@GC.CUNY.EDU
 
 
The Office of Human Resources is always available to support, provide guidance and address your questions and concerns.
 
Stay safe and well