COVID19 Update for Employees: April 6

COVID19 Update for Employees: April 6

Mon Apr 6, 2020 at 04:35 PM


On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This Act contains provisions that modify an employer’s obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and that provide for additional paid leave for employees affected by COVID-19. The FFCRA took effect on April 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. 

The FFCRA includes the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which expands FMLA leave. An employee must have been employed for at least 30 days and have a “qualifying need.” An employee has a “qualifying need” where he or she is unable to work or telework due to a need to care for a child under 18 years old where the child’s school or other place of care has been closed or is unavailable due to COVID-19. 

Additionally, the FFCRA includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. Under this Act, full-time employees are entitled to 80 hours of paid sick time.  Part-time employees are entitled to the average number of hours that the employee works over a two-week period. An employee qualifies to take Emergency Paid Sick Leave if the employee is unable to work or telework because:

  1. The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local 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 symptoms of COVID–19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in subparagraph (1) or has been advised as described in paragraph (2);
  5. The employee is caring for a child if the child’s school or place of care has been closed or is unavailable due to COVID–19 precautions; or
  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.

More information on the FFCRA are available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act poster, and the Department of Labor’s FAQs.


Brazosport College is working with the Texas Association of Community Colleges, state policymakers, and many others to relieve the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students.

If you NOT currently a high school student, please complete this survey to identify your challenges and what you need to keep progressing towards your educational goals. It takes ten minutes, and the data will be used to support funding decisions to help all college students. All of your answers are completely anonymous and confidential, and the survey will not be used to contact you. You will also receive this notification in your BC email, but you only need to take the survey once.

As always, if you need support for basic needs, the Student Life team at Brazosport College is eager to serve you. Please contact Lisa Unger at, Kelli Forde Spiers at, or with your questions and comments.