Congress passed and the president signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which is effective from April 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

Congress also passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was effective on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act amended FFCRA with respect to some sick time provisions and also provided expanded unemployment insurance benefits.

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced revisions to regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA. 


Paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

This is the place for information about FFCRA. Find essential info, downloadable flyers and fact sheets in English and Spanish, and direct links to the federal rules and revisions. We have posted key links and flyers below.

How much paid leave can employees take? 

Employee paid leave rights

Employee paid leave requirements

Helpful FAQ


In this four-page summary, AFT sums up (in quick bullet points) emergency sick leave, emergency family leave, COVID-19 testing, unemployment, nutrition and food insecurity. 

AFT sums up the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


This advocacy group advances justice for workers so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. A Better Balance has analyzed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act to provide employees this interpretive information.