The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and requires The University of Alabama to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and expanded family and medical leave (EFML) for specified reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for a two-page comprehensive overview of the FFCRA leave benefits. To see FAQs on the following areas of the FFCRA see below:

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFML”) FAQs

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSL”) FAQs


1. How does the FFCRA help employees?

Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which (1) amends the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to provide expanded paid family leave benefits, called Expanded Family and Medical Leave (“EFML); and (2) provides emergency paid sick leave benefits, called Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”). See additional FAQs below for more information about the specific leaves.


2. When does the FFCRA take effect?

The FFCRA takes effect April 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2020.


3. What is “regular rate of pay” for purposes of the FFCRA?

For both Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (“EFML”), the regular rate of pay used to calculate paid leave is the average of an employee’s regular rate over a period of up to six months prior to the date on which she takes leave. If she has not worked for six months, the regular rate used to calculate her paid leave is the average of her regular rate of pay for each week she has worked for her employer.


4. How will hours worked by a part-time employee be counted for FFCRA leave purposes?

A part-time employee is entitled to leave for the average number of work hours in a two-week period. Therefore, employers calculate hours of leave based on the number of hours the employee is normally scheduled to work. If the normal hours scheduled are unknown, or if the part-time employee’s schedule varies, the employer may use a six-month average to calculate the average daily hours.


5. Does the FFCRA apply to other illnesses or standard FMLA absences?

No. The expansion of FMLA through the EFML and EPSL is limited to COVID-19 related absences. The maximum of 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave apply only to the five types of absences due to COVID-19 related reasons. The longer EFML provisions apply only to school or place of care closings due to COVID-19. Illnesses for all other reasons are governed by The University’s existing sick leave policies, the FMLA, or other applicable laws.


6. How do employees request Emergency Paid Sick Leave and/or Expanded Family Medical Leave?

Employees must submit the appropriate request form, then a Benefits Specialist will follow-up via email to request additional documentation.
EFML Request Form (k2 Everest): https://everest-sf.fa.ua.edu/Runtime/Runtime/Form/FamilyMedicalLeaveRequestForm/.
EPSL Request Form (Qualtrics): https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eb1CkeUTZh9GJSZ.