The United States Department of Labor’s Wage Hour Division: FFCRA
Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) Rules on Parental Leave Due to Summer Camp Closures
Parents now may be entitled to leave due to summer camp or summer enrichment program closures. The United States Department of Labor’s Wage Hour Division announced new guidance today for families who need to take leave under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) due to summer camp closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full guidance here for more information.
Under the FFCRA leave, eligible parents may take up to two weeks of paid sick leave and up to twelve weeks of expanded family and medical leave (10 weeks of this may be paid). This depends upon whether the employer is covered by the FFCRA. Parents may qualify for this leave if they are unable to work or tele-work because their child’s school or childcare provider is closed. The FFCRA also applies to summer camps and summer enrichment camps, but employees must provide the employer with some detailed information as to why this care is not available to them. Read More
In general, employees who request FFCRA leave must tell their employer they need the leave. They need to give a statement as to why they need the leave, and why they are unable to work. Additionally, the employee must give the name of their child, the name of the school or “place of care”, and a statement that there is no other suitable person available to care for the child. See 29 C.F.R. Section 826.100(e). Read More