COVID-19 Paid Leave

UA Little Rock is open for business and is conducting many services online. Employees who are able to work from home have been encouraged to continue working; however, some employees who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may not be able to work for a number of reasons.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became effective April 1, 2020. Under the FFCRA all UA Little Rock employees who meet eligibility requirements may apply for up to 80 hours of paid sick leave. Additionally, UA Little Rock employees who have been
employed with the university for 30 days or more may be eligible for expanded Family Medical Leave under the Act.

In accordance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, UA Little Rock provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks or 480 hours of paid job-protected leave, continuation of group health benefits, and reinstatement to the same or equivalent job upon return from leave.

Requesting FFCRA Leave

FFCRA Leave Request Form Be sure you are logged into your UA Little Rock Google account before accessing this form.

Required Documentation

You must provide documentation in support of your paid sick leave to UA Little Rock as specified in applicable IRS forms, instructions, and information. UA Little Rock may also require you to provide additional documentation in support of your expanded family and medical leave taken to care for your child whose school or place of care is closed, or if your child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19-related reasons. All required documentation may be uploaded HERE.

Documentation Related to COVID-19 Leave

Below are the reasons you may apply for emergency paid sick leave and examples of appropriate documentation that should be provided with your request.

❏ 1) I am subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID–19.

Examples of documentation might include a city, state, or other governmental quarantine order.

❏ 2) I have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID–19.

Examples of documentation might include a note from a health care provider or other documentation that you are under a doctor’s order to self-quarantine.

❏ 3) I am experiencing symptoms of COVID–19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.

Examples of documentation might include a doctor’s note, or a statement from the employee that the employee is sick and has an appointment with a health care provider. 

❏ 4) I am caring for an individual who is subject to either number 1 or 2 above.

Examples of documentation might include a note from the sick person’s doctor or medical care provider.

❏ 5) I am caring for my child whose primary or secondary school or place of care has been closed, or my childcare provider is unavailable due to COVID–19 precautions.

Examples of documentation might include a notice of closure or unavailability from your child’s school, place of care, or child care provider, including a notice that may have been posted on a government, school, or day care website, published in a newspaper, or emailed to you from an employee or official of the school, place of care, or child care provider.

❏ 6) I am experiencing another substantially similar condition specified by the secretary of health and human services.

Examples of documentation include notes, emails, or notices related to your request for paid leave.

All required documentation may be uploaded HERE.

Benefits 

For questions regarding your employee benefits while on leave, please contact the Department of Human Resources at 501.569.3180.

Managers

FFCRA Pay and Time Tracking

Returning to Work

If FFCRA Leave is granted for the employee’s own serious health condition, the employee must provide a statement from the healthcare provider stating that the employee is able to return to work.  The medical release must be submitted to the Department of Human Resources on or before the return to work date.  Any work restrictions must be identified on the statement and approved prior to returning to work.

Retaliation

FCCRA Leave protects employees from interference and retaliation for exercising or attempting to exercise their FCCRA Leave rights.  In the event you are not eligible for FCCRA Leave, UA Little Rock has additional leave programs for which you may qualify.

For more information on FCCRA Leave and other leave options, contact the Department of Human Resources at 501.569.3180.

FFCRA Leave Request Form Be sure you are logged into your UA Little Rock Google account before accessing this form.

FFCRA – Employee Rights Poster (WH1422_Non-Federal)

FFCRA – Employee Paid Leave Rights

FFCRA – FAQ

FFCRA – Questions and Answers

FFCRA – Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements

Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) of 2008

 

You may also view the university’s COVID-19 communication updates on the Department of Public Safety’s website.