Student Employee Emergency Paid Sick Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) is a federal emergency leave program that provides paid leave under two programs: (1) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA); and (2) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). The federal program went into effect on April 1, 2020, and continues until December 31, 2020.

If you qualify for leave, your reason(s) for leave may be covered under both programs, or only under one program or the other. Human Resources will use the information you provide to determine which leave program(s) you qualify for. If you qualify for more than one federal leave program, HR will choose the leave program that gives you the greatest benefit. When eligible, leave programs may run concurrently.

There are two different federal programs providing paid leave under the FFCRA:

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”)
  • Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion (“EFMLEA”)


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Reason(s) for Leave Request

Pay Details

EPSLA for Category I

1. Employee is subject to a governmental quarantine or isolation order due to COVID-19

 Category I

  • Up to a total of 80 hours of EPSLA
  • Prorated for part-time

    Example: If you regularly work 10 hours per week, you would qualify for a total of 20 hours of EPSLA

  • Paid employee’s regular rate
  • Max of $511/day
  • Maximum: $5,110 in total over the entire EPSLA period

EPSLA for Category I

2. Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 related concerns 

EPSLA for Category I

3. Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

and is seeking a medical diagnosis

EPSLA for Category II

4. The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine

 Category II

  • Up to a total of 80 hours of EPSLA
  • Prorated for part-time
  • Paid 2/3 of employee’s regular rate
  • Max $200 per day
  • Maximum: $2,000 in total over the entire two-week period

EPSLA for Category II

5. The employee is caring for a son or daughter if the school the child attends is closed or if daycare is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions

EPSLA for Category II

6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Treasury and Labor.


Reason for Leave

Pay Details


To care for the employee’s son or daughter, who is under 18, if the school the child attends is closed or if daycare is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions.

EFMLEA provides ONE additional qualifying reason for an employee to take leave under the federal FMLA.

The existing federal FMLA allows up to 12 weeks of leave (pro-rated for part-time employees) in a calendar year for University staff and in the fiscal year for FAASLI staff.

EFMLEA does not provide an additional 12 weeks of FMLA.

First 10 days:

  • Unpaid
  • Prorated for part-time Remaining time (up to 10 weeks):
  • Paid 2/3 of employee’s regular rate
  • Max $200 per day
  • Max $10,000
  • Prorated for part-time

If applying EPSLA for the first 10 unpaid days, the max is $12,000 in aggregate per employee.

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If you had received the Student Income Continuation Payment in the Spring Term, you will not be eligible for the Emergency Paid Sick Leave.  This Paid Sick Leave covers a variety of circumstances, including not being able to work due to:

  • Quarantine or isolation, health care advised self-quarantine, as well as if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • Caring for an individual who meets any of the above or caring for a child whose school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19.
  • If you have been unable to work due to any of the reasons above, we encourage you to submit a request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave via the Request for Emergency Leave Form.
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To request either the Emergency Paid Sick Leave or Emergency Family Medical Leave, please use this form

Complete the form entirely.  Return the form to