Coronavirus Related Leave Issues

March 20, 2020

The United States Senate has now passed, and the President has signed into law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, effective April 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Among other provisions, the Act modifies the Family Medical Leave Act and requires certain Employer funded sick leave.

Additionally, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order 118, expanding unemployment benefits for North Carolina employees.

Reductions in workload and the need to avoid close contact raise issues on working remotely.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  1. being subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to the virus;
  2. have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to the virus;
  3. are experiencing symptoms of the virus and are seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. are caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in 1 or has been advised as described in 2;
  5. are caring for their son or daughter under 18 if the school of day care has been closed; or
  6. are experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

NC Executive Order 118

Reduced Hours/Work at Home Issues