Updated April 9, 2020
The U.S. Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), in effect from April 1 – December 31, 2020. It offers two paid leave provisions – Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion – to support eligible employees in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FFCRA Workplace Poster | (En Español)
FFCRA – E-FML Update – April 7, 2020 |(Actualización de la FFCRA: Licencia Médica Familiar de Emergencia)
FFCRA Announcement – April 6, 2020 | (Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus)
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (E-PSL), provisions allow for two weeks of paid leave (up to 80 hours), pro-rated based on FTE and average hours worked, for personal illness or to care for loves ones who are ill.
The E-PSL leave effectively replaces the Conditional Paid Leave program: UNM put in place initially for the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNM and UNM HSC employees (faculty, staff and students) meeting one or more of the following criteria:
- Are subject to a quarantine/isolation order related to COVID-19
- Have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19
- Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- Are caring for an individual subject to quarantine or isolation
- Are caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed
- Are experiencing any other, substantially similar situation
Employees utilizing Emergency Paid Sick Leave will compensated at their regular rate of pay.
Click here to submit a request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave. If you have specific questions, please contact your relevant employment area:
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act
The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (E-FML) provides up to 10 weeks of paid leave under FMLA, for specific employees who are caring for a child under the age of 18, whose school or place of care has closed due to COVID-19. Employees approved for E-FML are required to take annual leave concurrently with E-FML; after available annual leave is exhausted, employees are entitled to pay at 2/3 their regular rate, up to a max of $25 per hour, for up to a grand total of 10 weeks combined annual leave and E-FML (total of 400 hours, pro-rated by FTE and averaged hours worked).
UNM staff, faculty, and student employees who are unable to work or telecommute because they are caring for a child under the age of 18 whose school or place of care has closed due to COVID-19.
Due to their critical need, UNM employees working at the HSC and others performing critical campus operations – employees of UNMPD, SHAC, SRS, and all other emergency management, public works and utilities employees, regardless of their duty station – are excluded from coverage under E-FML.
E-FML is an available paid leave option effective from April 1 – December 31, 2020.
Click here to submit a request for Emergency Family and Medical Leave. If you have specific questions, please contact your relevant employment area: