Emergency Paid Sick Leave FAQ
The FAQs below address Emergency Paid Sick Leaveauthorized under H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act amended by House Resolution 904.
- What is the up to 80 hours (pro-rated for part-time employees) Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) authorized for?
- Up to a cap of $5,110 totalfor employees who are unable to work or telework because they are:
- Subject to a government quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19
- Advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19
- Experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, upper respiratory distress, shortness of breath) and are seeking a medical diagnosis
- Up to a cap of $2,000total for employees who are unable to work or telework because they are:
- Caring for an individual who is subject to a government quarantine order or has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine
- Caring for their children (under the age of 18) because their schools or places of care have been closed or are unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions
- Experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretaries of Treasury and Labor
All authorized EPSL identified in 1) and 2) above may not exceed 80 hours total.
- What options do employees have who reach the $5,110 or $2,000 caps?
- Option 1.1 above - $5,110 cap: They may use Leave without Pay, Sick Leave, Vacation Time, and available Floating Personal Days.
- Option 1.2 above - $2,000 cap: They may use Leave without Pay, Vacation Time, and available Floating Personal Days with supervisor approval.
- How should eligible employees code their Emergency Paid Sick Leave?
County Payroll is working on this process and will provide guidance before April 1, 2020.
- Why are there two different caps ($2,000 or $5,110) for Emergency Paid Sick Leave?
H.R. 6201 authorized two different caps depending on why EPSL was used.
- Does Emergency Paid Sick Leave impact employees’ current paid leave balances?
No. Emergency Paid Sick Leave is in addition to an employee's current paid leave accruals.
- How does the Emergency Paid Sick Leave impact part-time employees?
Part-time employees are eligible for the number of hours of leave that they work on average over a two-week period.