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Extension of Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

HR Cougar Corner

The FFCRA ended December 31, 2020. This provided benefits for full and part-time employees who needed time off for COVID quarantine or symptoms. Employee’s received up to 10 days of pay that did not impact an employee’s other benefit time. FFCRA also provided certain paid benefits for child care due to circumstances such as school closure.

Effective January 1, 2021, employers are not required to extend the paid leave provisions of FFCRA beyond December 31, 2020. However, employers may voluntarily allow employees to take any remaining FFCRA leave through March 31, 2021. The Act does not provide additional amounts of paid leave under the FFCRA if employees have already exhausted their leave, nor mandate an employer provide additional time regardless of when FMLA timeframes reset (i.e. calendar year resets).

Highland has determined it will voluntarily continue to provide the same level of benefits offered by the FFCRA through March 31, 2021. Relief funds are available and will cover this benefit.