The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First”) requires most public sector employers and small businesses with up to 500 employees to provide two new types of paid leave to their employees who are directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
These types of leave will ensure that workers are able to stay home from work when sick and take care of their family members without economic hardship. The paid leave requirements go into effect on April 1, 2020, and last until December 31, 2020.
If you are an employee who is ineligible for these new Federal paid leave benefits, you may be eligible for existing New Jersey paid leave benefits. Please see more below for details.
You may use sick leave for the following reasons:
For more information, please visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave, or call the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division at 1-866-4US-WAGE.
For frequently asked questions regarding applicability and coverage, please visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
The “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act” and the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act” are established by Division E and Division C of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, respectively.