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Emergency Sick Leave under the FFCRA

Reference Number: MTAS-3011
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: April 06, 2020
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Eligibility
ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEE—there is no elimination period for eligibility. An employee is eligible if employed during the period the Act is in effect, if not excluded as an Emergency Responder or as one who provides, or supports the provision of, essential government functions.

Leave Limits
An eligible employee may take up 80 hours (for a full-time employee, or for a part-time employee, the number of hours equal to the average number of hours that the employee works over a typical two-week period) of paid sick leave for any combination of qualifying reasons. However, the total number of hours for which you receive paid sick leave is capped at 80 hours under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.

Qualifying Need
The term ‘qualifying need related to a public health emergency’, with respect to leave, means the employee is unable to work (or telework) due to a need for leave to care for the son or daughter under 18 years of age of such employee if the school or place of care has been closed, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable, due to a public health emergency.

Paid Leave
If the eligible employee is taking paid sick leave because he/she is unable to work or telework due to a need for leave because he/she  (1) is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19; (2) has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19; or (3) is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking medical diagnosis, he/she  will receive for each applicable hour the greater of:

  • His/her regular rate of pay, (A part-time employee is entitled to leave for his or her average number of work hours in a two-week period.)
  • the federal minimum wage in effect under the FLSA, or
  • the applicable State or local minimum wage.

In these circumstances, he/she is entitled to a maximum of $511 per day, or $5,110 total over the entire paid sick leave period.
 
If he/she is taking paid sick leave because he/she is: (1) caring for an individual who is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 or an individual who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19; (2) caring for his/her child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons; or (3) experiencing any other substantially-similar condition that may arise, as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, he/she  are entitled to compensation at 2/3 of the greater of the amounts above. Under these circumstances, he/she is subject to a maximum of $200 per day, or $2,000 over the entire two-week (80 hour) period.
 

 

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