What impact does The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) have on The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

The FFCRA temporarily expands FMLA. It creates a new type of protected leave (Expanded FMLA or EFMLA) that is part of and runs concurrently with the 12-week FMLA entitlement. Expanded FMLA is available only to individuals who have 1) worked for their employer for the past 30 days, 2) have active work obligations and 3) are unable to perform those work obligations due to the need to provide care for the individual’s child because the child’s school or place of care is closed or the child’s care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19 related reasons.  Employees who do not meet normal FMLA criteria (one year of service with a minimum of 1040 hours worked) will be eligible to apply for Expanded FMLA leave if they meet the 30-day requirement and other criteria.

Additional information can be found on these OSU webpages: COVID-19 Leave and University Human Resources – Quick Facts: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (EFMLA) & OFLA Expansion for COVID-19

Last Modified: 
June 21, 2020