Beyond Vision

Changes in Paid Leave relating to COVID-19

Beyond Vision Team:

In March, Congress passed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Part of this legislation included extending the Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA that was part of the 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new law took effect April 1, 2021 and the Paid Sick Leave and EFMLA leaves are available between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. Under the new law, individuals are eligible for up to 80 hours of Paid Sick Leave even if they already used their 80 hours under the previous law Unused hours granted under the old law do not rollover.

The new law also added three additional criteria for individuals to qualify for Paid Sick Leave or for Extended Family Medical leave. In addition to the original 6 criteria created under the original law. The three new criteria include:

1. The employee is obtaining the COVID-19 vaccines.
2. The employee is recovering from an illness, injury or condition related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
3. The employee is seeking or awaiting the results of a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, COVID-19 if the employee has been exposed, or the employee’s employer has requested such test or diagnosis

Since these changes took effect April 1, 2021. We are asking individuals and managers to notify HR of any individual who was out due to getting the vaccine or recovering from the vaccine during the month of April and took regular PTO for that time. We will go back and credit individuals PTO banks.

Here is a full list of all 9 qualifying reasons.

1. The employee is obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine
2. The employee is recovering from an illness, injury or condition related to the COVID-19 vaccine
3. The employee is seeking or awaiting the results of a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, COVID-19 if the employee has been exposed, or the employee’s employer has requested such test or diagnosis
4. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
5. Has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
6. Is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
7. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (4) or self-quarantine as described in (5);
8. Is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or
9. Is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The past 15 months have been challenging and confusing to say the least. If you have any questions, please reach out to Rebecca or me.

Take care,

Rob