COVID-19 Related Leaves

Employees who are unable to return to work may receive job protected leave for certain COVID-19 related reasons under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and the New York State COVID-19 Related Paid Leave as detailed below. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers, including FIT, to provide employees with paid sick leave or emergency family and medical leave (EFMLA) for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply through December 31, 2020

Generally, the FFCRA provides that employees are eligible for: 

  1. Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at your regular rate of pay to a maximum of $511 per day if you are unable to work because you are quarantined (pursuant to the federal, state, or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis
  2. Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds your regular rate of pay to a maximum of $200 per day because you are unable to work due to a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to federal, state, or local government order or advice of healthcare provider), or to 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, and/or if you are experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor 
  3. Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave (EFMLA) if you have been employed with FIT for   at least 30 calendar days at two-thirds your regular rate of pay, to a maximum of $200 per day if you are unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19

FFCRA leave entitlements will coordinate with the New York State paid sick leave entitlements, when applicable. 

Leave requests falling under the FFCRA do not require that you utilize your FIT leave banks however, if you request and receive leave which results in partial pay due to the daily maximums under the law, you may utilize your leave banks in order to receive your full regular pay. Leave taken due to lack of childcare under reasons #2 and #3 will count toward a 12-week FMLA entitlement and the leave entitlement will be reduced by any previously taken FMLA time in the applicable FMLA period. 

WHAT TO DO: If you require a leave covered by the FFCRA, please review the required forms below: 

You must complete and submit the applicable request form (above) via the online ADA Accommodation or COVID-19 Leave Request Process

New York State (NYS) Paid Leave for COVID-19 

Under the new NYS Paid Leave for COVID-19, paid leave may be granted if you or your minor dependent are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the Department of Health, local board of health, or any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19. 

If you are an FIT employee, you are entitled to up to 14 days of paid leave at the regular rate of pay, based on your regular work schedule. If you are an FIT Foundation or Student Housing employee, you are entitled to up to 5 days of paid leave at the regular rate of pay, based on your regular work schedule. This benefit is not available if you are able to work through remote access or other means. Leave requests falling under NYS Paid Leave for COVID-19 do not require that you utilize your FIT leave banks. 

New York State paid sick leave entitlements will coordinate with the FFCRA leave entitlements, when applicable. 

WHAT TO DO: If you require a leave covered by the NYS Paid Leave for COVID-19, please review the required forms below: 

You must complete and submit the applicable request form (above) via the online ADA Accommodation or COVID-19 Leave Request Process