HR Tip of the Week: Back-to-School Leave Guidance from the DOL
On August 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) provided additional guidance regarding paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to address questions related to reopening of schools.
Are parents entitled to FFCRA paid leave under the following circumstances?
- Parents of children who are operating on hybrid-attendance basis, where virtual learning from home is on certain days, and in-school attendance on other days, with no other alternatives to child care. Answer: Yes–read the DOL’s eligibility requirement.
- Parents who have opted for remote learning alternative over concern that the child might contract COVID-19 and bring it home to the family. Answer: No–read the DOL’s response
- The child’s school is beginning the school year under a remote learning program out of concern for COVID-19, but has announced it will continue to evaluate local circumstances and make a decision about reopening for in-person attendance later in the school year. Answer: Yes–read the DOL’s eligibility requirement.
Source: US Department of Labor