COVID-19 Benefits Policy Template

Our current benefit policies will continue except as overridden or supplemented by applicable COVID-19 regulations.

 

The following still apply to paid and unpaid leave:

  • Requests for leave must be made in advance as far as possible.
  • Requests for leave may or may not be approved.

 

BENEFITS OVERVIEW

 

Employees are typically not eligible for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) or Emergency Family and Medical (EFMLEA) leave if their hours were reduced or eliminated before, on or after April 1, 2020 except as noted below.

 

However, typically those employees will be eligible for Unemployment Compensation and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits.

 

Once an employee returns to work - after having hours of work reduced or eliminated - the employee may then be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) or Emergency Family and Medical (EFMLEA) leave as required.

 

SPECIFICS

 

An employee who is not working or working reduced hours for COVID-19 reasons is typically eligible for one or more of the following benefit Federal or state programs.

 

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation IF:

  • we temporarily close or go out of business because of COVID-19;
  • we reduce an employee’s hours because of COVID-19;
  • we tell an employee not to work because we feel the employee might get or spread COVID-19;
  • an employee has been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or lives/works in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts;

 

Employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to exhaust any paid leave that is available, including if applicable, FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) or Emergency Family and Medical (EFMLEA) Leave.

 

Employees who do not have access to paid leave, or have exhausted their paid leave, may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits.

 

Employees cannot collect Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation while receiving pay for FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) or Emergency Family and Medical (EFMLEA) Leave.

 

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

The FPUC program provides eligible individuals with $600 per week (before taxes) in addition to the weekly benefit amount they receive from certain other Unemployment Compensation programs.

 

This program expires on July 25, 2020.

 

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) if:

  • the employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  • the employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  • the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • the employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 or is caring for an individual who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  • is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or
  • is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Employees who are not working for COVID-19 reasons are eligible for no more than a total of 80 hours of FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA).

 

We will not require employees to use provided or accrued paid vacation, personal, medical, or sick leave before paid sick leave mandated under the FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) to satisfy paid leave entitlements that an employee may have under our paid leave policy. We will also not require employees to use such existing leave concurrently with paid sick leave under the EPSLA.

 

Employees cannot collect Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation while receiving pay for FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) or Emergency Family and Medical (EFMLEA) Leave.

 

This program expires on December 31, 2020.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave (EFMLEA) if:

The employee is unable to work because the employee is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons.

Employees who are not working for COVID-19 reasons are eligible for up to 12 weeks of leave for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) or Emergency Family and Medical (EFMLEA) Leave.

 

After the first two workweeks (usually 10 workdays) of expanded family and medical leave under the EFMLEA, we reserve the right to require employees take concurrently for the same hours expanded family and medical leave and existing leave that, under our policies, would be available to the employee in that circumstance. This typically would include personal leave or paid time off, but not medical or sick leave if the employee (or a covered family member) is not ill.

If we require employees to take concurrent leave, we will pay the employee the full amount to which he or she is entitled under our existing paid leave policy for the period of leave taken. We will pay employees at least 2/3 of their pay for subsequent periods of expanded family and medical leave taken, up to $200 per workday and $10,000 in the aggregate, for expanded family and medical leave. For employees who exhaust all preexisting paid vacation, personal, medical, or sick leave, we will pay them at least 2/3 of their pay for subsequent periods of expanded family and medical leave taken, up to $200 per day

 

Employees cannot collect Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation while receiving pay for FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) or Emergency Family and Medical (EFMLEA) Leave.

 

This program expires on December 31, 2020.

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