Employees Returning to Work and Childcare

I have asked my employees to return to work, but they have indicated that they are unable to obtain childcare. What do I do?

Employees who are offered work but cannot due to lack of availability of school or childcare may be eligible for 12-weeks of paid leave under Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Employees must provide the request in writing and provide specific documentation to the employer. Wages paid to employees under this act are reimbursable to the employer by the IRS. For more information, see our Employer Guide to FFCRA.

Small business employers with 50 or fewer employees may have the ability to self-exempt from the child-care provision of the Act (excluding employers in San Jose) if providing the leave would severely impact the viability or operations of the practice. See DOL FAQ’s for more information.

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