Sick From COVID-19? Law Requires Paid Leave for Employees of Small Companies

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Work for a company of under 500 employees? You may be eligible for employee leave rights if you become sick from COVID-19 or have to quarantine.

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA), a temporary rule in effect through December 31 permits the U.S. Department of Labor to help private employers keep workers on payroll and receive tax credits. It also supports employees by making sure they do not have to choose between a check and health.

The FFRCA provides relief to people in the following situations: 1) self-quarantine or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; 2) caring for an individual in quarantine or a child whose school or daycare is closed; 3) or experiencing another issue related to COVID-19.

The Act allows for the administration of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which requires some companies to award 10 weeks paid/two weeks unpaid emergency family and medical leave to those deemed eligible.

To learn about your eligibility, click HERE. To ask about coverage, call 866-487-9243.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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