Questions related to federal time off programs and COVID-19 PTO

December 24, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Q: Will the two federal paid time off programs (EPSLA and EFMLA) be extended with the new COVID-19 stimulus bill?

A: The Federal Emergency Sick Leave (EPSLA) and Expanded FMLA programs end on Dec. 31, 2020. The use of these paid time off banks end on this date, regardless of any remaining time left in either bank.

While we continue to monitor activity at the federal level, it remains unclear whether or not Expanded FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave will be extended to 2021. Assuming there is no extension of these federal benefits, we continue to encourage flexibility with remote work and arrangements to support child care and virtual learning. 

Q: If EFMLA is not extended beyond the Dec. 31 expiration date, will I be able to use the COVID-19 PTO or any other options for child care?

A: While we continue to monitor activity at the federal level, it remains unclear whether or not Expanded FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave will be extended to 2021. Assuming there is no extension of these federal benefits, we continue to encourage flexibility with remote work and arrangements to support child care and virtual learning. If an employee is eligible for COVID-19 PTO, and has not yet exhausted the time off bank, they may still use it in 2021. This time off bank will be available until the university deems it no longer necessary.

Also, the university is engaging with care.com to soon offer child care resources to U-M faculty and staff, including our Michigan Medicine team. More details will be coming soon on how to participate in the program.

Q: Is U-M considering adding more time to the COVID-19 PTO bank?

A: At this time, there are no plans to add additional time to the U-M COVID-19 PTO bank.

Q: If I took a furlough in the summer, and EFMLA ends on Dec. 31, will I be able to use the COVID-19 PTO for child care?

A: Employees who participated in the voluntary furloughs earlier this year are not eligible to use the COVID-19 PTO time off bank.

Q: Are new hires able to use COVID PTO 80-hour and/or 120-hour banks?

A: Employees who were hired on or before June 7 are eligible to use the COVID-19 PTO 80-hour time off bank.

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