Who is a covered employee?

To be a "covered employee," an individual must first be working for a "covered employer" ("Who is a covered employer?"). In general, an individual who is employed by a covered employer is covered by both the paid sick leave and paid family leave; the definition of "employee" is based in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is broad and intended to capture most people. 

However, paid family leave has an additional requirement that an individual has been employed by the employer for at least 30 days to qualify; if an individual was laid off by their employer after March 1, 2020, had worked for that employer for 30 of the 60 calendar days before being laid-off and is re-hired by the employer, then that employee qualifies as a covered employee even though upon their rehire they have not been working for 30 days for the employer. Most federal employees are excluded from the paid family leave, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has the authority to exclude any federal employees from both the paid sick leave and paid family leave.

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1. Who is a covered employer?
2. Who is a covered employee?
3. How much paid sick leave are employees eligible to take?
4. How much paid family leave are employees eligible to take?
5. What are the qualifying reasons for leave?
6. Are there documentation requirements an employee must provide to prove they are caring for an individual or child whose school or place of care is closed?
7. When do these provisions go into effect?