Families First Coronavirus Response Act - FFCRA

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, President Trump signed HR 6201 — The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) — into law on March 18, 2020. The law takes effect April 1 and will expire December 31, 2020.

The FFCRA provides paid leave for employees with qualifying reasons related to COVID19.  There are two paid leave types.

  • The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA – 10 weeks of leave)
  • The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA - 2 weeks of leave)

Eligibility

All employees are eligible for paid leave (EPSLA) and All employees with 30 days of employment are eligible for (EFMLEA).  

***The City of Frisco has excluded all employees in the Police, Fire, and Public Works departments. Employees who work in those departments will have a similar alternate program under the respective discretion and approval of the Chiefs and/or Director. If you are a Public Works Department employee, you will utilize the same FFCRA Leave request form as everyone else. If you are a Police or Fire department employee, you will utilize the Police and Fire Coronavirus Leave request form. See Resources and Document section.

To be eligible the employee also must not be able to work or telework (work-from-home).  If the nature of the employee’s job allows telework and telework is approved by the manager, then the employee is not eligible for EFMLEA.

Requesting Leave under FFCRA

  1. Complete the FFCRA Leave request form. ***Police or Fire department employees wanting to request leave will need to complete the Police and Fire Coronavirus Leave Request form instead. See Resources and Document section below.
  2. Send the completed form along with the required supporting documentation to CovidCoordinator@friscotexas.gov 
  3. The Human Resources department will make a determination on your leave request and send the approval / denial back to the employee and the employee’s manager.  Please allow 2 business days to process your request.  Please note the City’s is not placing a maximum on EPSLA leave.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding FFCRA

Before completing the Leave Request Form, review the FFCRA Leave FAQs document below. This provides information regarding coding your Kronos time and the amount of paid leave provided for FFCRA. These FAQs will also address what type of documentation you need to submit with your leave request form.

***Police and Fire Department Coronavirus Leave

Police and Fire Department employees are excluded from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave provided by the Act. However, an alternative program will be provided for Police and Fire Department employees from April 1st, 2020 to December 31st 2020. 

The alternative program includes:

  • 80 hours (120 hours for shift firefighters) of Emergency Paid Sick Leave (ESL) for full-time employees paid at 100% of the regular base rate for the reasons outlined below. ESL will not be counted as hours worked. Unused ESL will not roll over the 2021 and will not be paid out to employees. ESL must be approved by the department prior to use and can only be used:
    • For sick reason for the employee and family member as outlined for reasons specific in the City of Frisco Sick Leave Policy, and/or
    • To care for a minor son or daughter whose school or place of care for the minor has closed, or the childcare provider of the minor is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions. You may take up to 12 weeks for this purpose, however, the 12 weeks will be reduced by any FMLA you have already taken during the 12-month period prior to the leave start date.
  • 400 hours (600 hours for shift firefighters) of Expanded Family Medical Leave (EFL) paid at 2/3 the regular base rate up to the maximum aggregate of $10,000 for full-time employees. Employees must be employed by the City for 30 days to be eligible for leave. EFL must be approved by the department prior to use and can only be used:
    • To care for a minor son or daughter whose school or place of care for the minor has closed, or the childcare provider of the minor is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions. You may take up to 12 weeks for this purpose, however, the 12 weeks will be reduced by any FMLA you have already taken during the 12-month period prior to the leave start date.

FFRCA Resources and Documents: