New COVID-19 Leave Options – FFCRA
On March 18, 2020 the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed by Congress. The provisions of the Act include two employee paid leave programs – Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Acts and are in effect April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Expanded Shared Leave
On March 17, 2020 HB 2739, signed into Washington state law, expands provisions of the state’s shared leave program to cover certain COVID-19 related absences. The provisions are currently in place, until the expiration of proclamation 20-05 by the Governor of Washington, issued February 29, 2020, declaring a state of emergency.
High-Risk Employee Workers’ Rights – Accommodations
Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-46 High Risk Employees-Workers’ Rights providing high-risk employees, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with certain protections in employment, is extended through the duration of the state of emergency, or until otherwise rescinded or amended.