Updated January 14, 2021
The U.S. Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), in effect from April 1 – December 31, 2020. It offered 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.
UPDATE: January 14, 2021
In light of the expiration of the FFCRA in December, UNM has chosen to voluntarily continue the Emergency Paid Sick Leave provision through March 31, 2021.
FFCRA Workplace Poster | (En Español)
FFCRA – E-PSL Provision Extended – January 14, 2021 | (UNM prorroga la disposición del E-PSL de la FFCRA más allá de la fecha de vencimiento del DOL, el 31 de diciembre de 2020)
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 lovesd ones who are ill.
UNM and UNM HSC employees (faculty, staff and students; excludes UNMH) 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
Provision Expired Dec. 31, 2020
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, certain UNM employees who meet the DOL’s definition of a health care provider or emergency responder are excluded from coverage under E-FML. Refer to this list of positions to see which UNM positions that were determined to fit the definition of health care provider or emergency responder and are ineligible for E-FML.
E-FML is an available paid leave option effective from April 1 – December 31, 2020. Those employees who were previously determined to ineligible for E-FML who are now eligible can request E-FML from September 16, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Any leave taken prior to September 16, 2020, will not be eligible for E-FML.
Click here to submit a request for Emergency Family and Medical Leave. If you have specific questions, please contact your relevant employment area: