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 are in effect April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, and include two different employee paid leave programs – Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Acts.
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
On June 9 2020, Governor Inslee expanded Proclamation 20-46 in effect until August 1, 2020, which provides high-risk employees, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with certain accommodation rights intended to protect them from risk of exposure to COVID-19 on the job. Please note that high-risk employee accommodations will still be considered and remain in effect per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) federal guidelines even after the state proclamation is set to expire.