As schools begin to reopen, many cities and states have planned for students to attend class remotely, or physically attend school a few days a week, half-days, or full-time.
It's imperative that employers understand how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) impacts the rights of employees who may need to take leave if their children are home from school.
As a reminder, FFCRA permits eligible employees to take Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and/or expanded family and medical leave (EFML) if they are unable to work or telework because they need to care for their son or daughter in the event that:
The child's school or place of care is closed
The childcare provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19-related reasons.
FFCRA regulations allow for an employee to take leave to care for their child only when the employee needs to, and actually is, caring for the child.