COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 27, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law. If you work for a Public employer or one with less than 500 employees, you may qualify for Paid Leave under this Act.    If you are a parent of a child in New Mexico, you likely qualify under #5 below, and may receive up to twelve total weeks of paid leave under expanded FMLA.


This Act provides 10 days of Paid Leave if you are affected in any of the following ways:


1. A federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to

2. Employee has been advised by a “health care provider” to self quarantine due to COVID-19 related concerns

3. Employee is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking Medical

4. Employee is caring for an individual described in 1 or 2 above

5. ***Employee is caring for a son or daughter whose school or place of
care is closed, or provider unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions (see below)***

6. Other similar conditions to be defined by the Department of Health
and Human Services


In addition, the Family and Medical Leave Act has been expanded to provide partial paid leave for up to TWELVE WEEKS for Parents of children younger than 18 whose schools and care centers are closed for reasons relating to COVID-19.  


If you are illegally being denied your right to paid leave under this statute, please contact me as soon as possible to see whether I can help!  




“The FFCRA requires covered employers to provide eligible employees up to
two weeks of paid sick leave at full pay, up to a specified cap, when the employee is unable to
work because the employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order
related to COVID-19”