COVID 19 Sick Leave - Feb 23 2021

MISD Extends COVID-19 Sick Leave
Posted on 02/23/2021
This is the image for the news article titled MISD Extends COVID-19 Sick LeaveThe Marshall ISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution Monday that reinstates COVID-19 relief benefits to allow MISD employees up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

The extension of benefits is retroactive to Jan. 4, 2021, and extends to the end of the 2020-2021 school year or until the federal government extends or modifies the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA).

The FFCRA provided for up to 80 hours of paid leave for employees with a documented positive case of COVID-19, or for time in quarantine due to being in close contact with a documented positive case. Those benefits expired on Dec. 31, 2020, and the federal government has yet to provide an extension of the paid leave.

Monday's action by the MISD school board provides a local extension of the benefits until either the end of the current school year or the reinstatement of the benefits by Congressional legislation, whichever is sooner.

The specific requirements of the resolution in regards to COVID-19 relief include:

• Up to 80 hours (10 days) of paid leave at the employee's regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to federal, state or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
• Up to 80 hours of paid leave at two-thirds the employee's regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (
pursuant to federal, state or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor;
• But no employee shall receive more than a total of 80 hours inclusive of any time the received under the FFCRA prior to its expiration.


The resolution also gives the MISD superintendent the authority to determine whether and how to allow employees to continue to use the 80 hours of leave originally provided by the FFCRA, should Congress modify or extend the FFCRA.
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