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Guidance on taking leave

FFCRA Leave Requirements Expired Dec. 31, 2020

The requirement that employers provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on Dec. 31, 2020. Please visit the Wage and Hour Division’s FFCRA Questions and Answers page to learn more about workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities after this date.

Given that the situation is evolving, updates may be forthcoming as circumstances change. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of UF’s community in mind and with the guidance of public health authorities.

Unless faced with an exceptional circumstance, faculty and staff should continue to follow their department’s standard practices for requesting time off.

College- and unit-level HR offices may refer to this chart when considering leave requests in light of current complexities such as potential exposure. If you have questions about your particular situation, please contact your HR office for assistance.

We recognize there may be times when employees require additional support that our current policies do not address. If you confront a particularly difficult circumstance, please contact Employee Relations at (352) 392-1072.

In addition to the leave options outlined below, leave-accruing employees may use accrued sick leave, vacation leave, or a combination of both for reasons related to COVID-19.

Employees feeling sick

Employees who are feeling unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, should stay home until they recover.

Employees needing to take time off due to school closures or unavailable childcare

As always, UF’s AWL policy may be available depending upon the employee’s position and assignment; however, once a class assignment for in-person teaching has been made, the AWL policy would only be for work outside of the in-person teaching assignment.  For those jobs that do not lend themselves to working from home, faculty and staff may wish to discuss options for adjusting their schedules with their supervisors. Eligible employees who are unable to report for work and unable to work remotely may use emergency paid sick leave as outlined below.


Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Emergency paid sick leave that was provided with the passing of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act has expired as of December 31, 2020. Please visit the DoL’s Wage and Hour Division’s FFCRA Questions and Answers page to learn more about workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities after this date.


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

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Note: Healthcare workers involved in the day-to-day clinical enterprise responding to COVID-19 are exempt from EFMLEA.