Employees Overlook Benefits Included in “Families First” coronavirus act

Written by on July 13, 2020

 Employees Overlook Benefits Included in “Families First” coronavirus act

By K.C. Lopez

July 13, 2020

Photo K.C. Lopez / WLVR

Businesses are reopening and employees are returning to work. But with some schools, camps and daycare centers still closed, many parents are scrambling to secure childcare arrangements. 

As WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, paid leave benefits are available from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Generally, the Families First Act provides two weeks sick leave at regular pay for an employee unable to work because they are quarantined. 

It allows for the same amount of sick leave at two-thirds pay for workers who need to look after a child or someone whose care is unavailable because of COVID-19. And even more time for parents whose school or childcare is unavailable for reasons related to coronavirus, which can be split up if needed. 

David Koller is a Philadelphia employment lawyer. He says he gets calls from people every day with questions about the rules. 

“A, people don’t know about it; employees don’t know about it or know where to get the information from and B, the scenarios that I’m seeing is where it doesn’t go so smoothly because if it did they probably wouldn’t have to call a lawyer,” said Koller. 

Recent data from the National Partnership for Women and Families shows that one in five Americans have taken or plan to take paid sick or family leave because of COVID-19. But over half of Americans either don’t know expanded benefits exist or think they don’t qualify.

Find out more information related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act here.

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