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Expanded COVID-19 Unemployment, Paid Leave, & Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

Improved COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits

The State of Michigan has expanded unemployment benefits for Michigan workers including those unable to work because of COVID-19 cutbacks, gig workers and self-employed workers.

COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave and Expanded (Self and) Family Medical Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), also known as the Families First Act, requires many employers, to give employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave related to COVID-19 until December 30 of this year, including for self-care, family care, quarantine, isolation, and child care. This is in conjunction with expanded reasons for leave in the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in this crisis.

From Department of Labor FAQ on Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

Generally you can take paid sick leave because you are unable to work

  • Under a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  • Since you’ve been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine for reasons related to COVID-19;
  • (3) are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking medical diagnosis

You are eligible for the greater of:

  • your regular rate of pay,
  • the local, state, or FLSA minimum wage
  • part time employees for normal hours
  • for a maximum of $511 per day, or $5,110 in totalh

If you are taking paid sick leave because you are: (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 your 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, you are entitled to compensation at 2/3 of the greater of the amounts above.

Under these circumstances, you are subject to a maximum of $200 per day, or $2,000 over the entire two week period.

If you are taking expanded family and medical leave, you may take paid sick leave for the first ten days of that leave period, or you may substitute any accrued vacation leave, personal leave, or medical or sick leave you have under your employer’s policy. For the following ten weeks, you will be paid for your leave at an amount no less than 2/3 of your regular rate of pay for the hours you would be normally scheduled to work. The regular rate of pay used to calculate this amount must be at or above the federal minimum wage, or the applicable state or local minimum wage. However, you will not receive more than $200 per day or $12,000 for the twelve weeks that include both paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave when you are on leave to care for your child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons.