On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law to provide benefits for employees and families directly affected by COVID 19 from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The FFCRA amends the Family and Medical Leave Act with the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act, and also provides for additional paid sick leave through the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. In accordance with the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the District has prepared a policy effective April 1, 2020, and it's currently under review by IAFF and SEIU unions.Employee Rights & Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Employees who are eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) may also file a claim for Paid Family Leave (“PFL”), a benefit established under California law. PFL provides 60-70% wage replacement benefits for up to 6 weeks (8 weeks effective July 1, 2020) in a 12-month period for eligible employees who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child. PFL is a benefit provided by the State Disability Insurance (“SDI”) program and administered by the Employment Development Department (“EDD”).