COVID Leave Application

City of Memphis Implementation of
Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

BACKGROUND

Congress has passed and President Trump has signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 6201). Effective April 1, 2020

There are two primary employment provisions Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act Expansion. Both provisions begin on April 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

1. EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE

  • Provides full-time employees with 80 hours of paid sick time.                               
  • Provides part-time employees with paid sick time based on the average number of hours worked over a 2-week period.

ELIGIBILITY:

Unable to work or telework due to:

  • Employee’s condition: In self-isolation because the employee or a family member has been diagnosed with coronavirus or is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus; or
  • Employee is a caregiver: Caring for someone with COVID-19 or a son or daughter under 18 whose school or place of care has been closed
  • Commissioned employees, Communications employees, PSTs, Recruits and EMS employees within the Police and Fire Divisions are not eligible

BENEFIT:

Leave Time for an employee’s health condition:  Full Time employees are entitled to 80 hours of paid sick leave at their regular pay up to $511 per day with a cap of $5,110 over a 10 day/two-week benefit period.  Part time employees are entitled to an amount equal to the average number of hours worked over a previous 2-week period at their regular pay up to $511 per day with a cap of $5,110 over a 10 day/two-week benefit period.

Leave time related to being a caregiver: Full Time employees are entitled to 80 hours of paid sick leave at 2/3 of their regular rate of pay, or 2/3 of the applicable minimum wage, whichever is greater up to $200 per day with a cap $2,000 over a 10 day/two-week benefit period. Full Time employees can use 1/3 of their paid leave PTO to receive full salary. Part Time employees are entitled to 2/3 of their regular rate of pay or 2/3 of the applicable minimum wage, whichever is greater up to $200 per day with a cap $2,000 over a 10 day/two-week benefit period. The remaining 1/3 is unpaid leave.

2. EMERGENCY FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT EXPANSION

ELIGIBILITY

  • Any Full Time or Part Time employee who has been employed by the City of Memphis for at least 30 calendar days.
  • The employee is unable to work due to caring for their son or daughter whose school or care provider has been closed due to a public health emergency
  • Commissioned employees, Communications employees, PSTs, Recruits and EMS employees within the Police and Fire Divisions are not eligible

BENEFIT

An employee is eligible to receive two-thirds (2/3) of regular pay up to $200/day with a cap $12,000 over a (12) twelve-week benefit period.   The first two weeks/10-day period is unpaid.  However, an employee may use the above Emergency Paid Leave benefit during that period, if available.

Full Time employees can elect to use 1/3 of their paid leave PTO to receive full salary. 

Part Time employees eligible for the number of hours that the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period