Families first Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This act is meant to assist employees during COVID-19 by providing additional leave options. These new options are effective Apr. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. View the employee rights under the act here.

These options include:

  1. Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA)
  2. Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)


The federal government has expanded this option to provide up to 12 weeks of partially paid coronavirus-related family leave. Eligible employees may take this leave if they are unable to work or telework due to the need to care for a minor child whose school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19.


This new leave provides up to 80 hours of paid leave for eligible employees for the following reasons:

  1. the employee is subject to a government-ordered quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19
  2. the employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19
  3. the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis
  4. the employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a government-ordered quarantine or a health care provider’s recommendation to self-quarantine
  5. the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed due to COVID-19
  6. the “employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.” 

Overview of Leave Programs

EFMLA and EPSL can be taken only in the event an employee is unable to work or telework. Other requirements apply.

Effective Date 1993 4/1/2020 4/1/2020
Expiration No expiration 12/31/2020 12/31/2020
Type of Leave Covered
Medical leave for self Yes No Yes
Medical leave to care for family Yes No Yes
Leave to take care of minor child whose school or daycare is closed No Yes Yes
Key Provisions
Leave period covered by law 12 weeks1 12 weeks1 80 hours3
Is Leave paid? No After 2 weeks Yes (Can be used during first 2 weeks of eFMLA)
Amount of leave pay N/A 2/3 2/3 or Full2
Cap on leave pay N/A $200/day; $10,000 total $200 or $511/day; $2,000 or $5,110 total2
Can I take this for smaller increments than eight hours in a day? Yes No3 No3
Can employees use sick, vacation, personal time to supplement leave Yes No No
Job protection Yes Yes Yes
Minimum period of employment for coverage 12 months and at least 1.250 hrs worked 30 days None
Part-time employees covered? 24+ hrs/week Yes3 Yes3
Covered employee groups All employees subject to FMLA rules All employees EXCEPT MSU Police Department staff, MSU Health Team staff and providers, Student Health & Wellness staff, Office of the University Physician staff, and CVM critical infrastructure staff in the veterinary medical center and veterinary diagnostic laboratory

1 Combination of FMLA and EFMLA in the fiscal year cannot exceed 12 weeks.

2 Full pay applies to leave taken for self with cap of $511/day or $5,110 total. If leave is taken to care for family member or for childcare purposes, rate is 2/3 of regular pay with cap of $200/day or $2,000 total.

3In proportion to their average hours.

How To Apply

Time/Pay Entry

  • FMLA/EFMLA: The MSU HR Leaves Team will enter an employee's time/pay.
  • EPSL: See the EBS Help page on how to enter time in the EBS Portal.


Please refer to the FFCRA Frequently Questions and Answers for additional information.


For more information, contact the MSU HR Leaves Team at HR.EPSL-EFMLA@hr.msu.edu.