Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Given the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Certified AccountStaff is working to continue to provide the best service possible to our employees and clients during this Covid-19 crisis and we are doing our best to stay in touch and keep our employees informed of any changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Information About FFCRA Notice

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The FFCRA Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. For details on employee rights under the FFCRA, click here (PDF). These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

An employee is eligible for leave of request under the FFCRA Act only if he/she is still working/employed with Certified as of April 1st, 2020. For additional details regarding the FFCRA Notice, we have also included links to the Department of Labor website:
Employee Paid Leave Rights
Frequently Asked Questions

To request leave on the basis of the FFCRA, please complete the (a) leave of absense request form and submit along with (b) supporting documentation (required - see below) via email or fax to your Certified representative.

Emeryville Office:
ebbr@certifiedemployment.com
(510) 420-3757 fax
Campbell Office:
sbbr@certifiedemployment.com
(408) 626-7828 fax
Santa Rosa Office:
srbr@certifiedemployment.com
(707) 521-2154 fax
Roseville Office:
rsbr@certifiedemployment.com
(916) 771-6808 fax

Required Documentation

The required documentation is based on the type FFCRA qualifying reason you have selected on the request for a leave of absence form.

An employee is entitled to take leave related to COVID-19 if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework, because the employee:

  1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19; (For the first two weeks, your supervisor will verify by signing the request for a leave of absence form that you are eligible for this option because you have been required to quarantine. If the absence is extended you will be required to provide Certified with a completed Medical Certification by your physician.)
  2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19; (You must provide Certified with a doctor’s note indicating the start date and end date of the absence. The doctor’s note is due immediately and can be sent to Certified via email. If your absence extends beyond two weeks, you will be required to provide Certified with a completed Medical Certification by your physician)
  3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis; (You must provide Certified with a doctor’s note indicating the start date and end date of the absence. The doctor’s note is due immediately and can be sent to Certified via email. If your absence extends beyond two weeks, you will be required to provide Certified with a completed Medical Certification by your physician.)
  4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2); (You must provide Certified with a doctor’s note indicating the start date and end date of the absence. The doctor’s note is due immediately and can be sent to Certified via email. If your absence extends beyond two weeks, you will be required to provide Certified with a completed Medical Certification by your family member’s physician.)
  5. is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; (You must provide Certified with a statement from your daycare verifying the facility is closed, to include how long it is expected to be closed. An email from a daycare official is sufficient. The email should include the person’s full name, title, address, phone number and email address. If acquiring this statement is impossible or the child is of regular school age, please issue a statement indicating the name(s) of your child(ren), date(s) of birth and name of the daycare or school they normally attend)
  6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Please issue a statement indicating the reason for your request)

This page will be updated to address changes in the law or additional questions as they are raised. As always, we at Certified want to make your job easier and are happy to provide any help we can during this challenging time.

Please note: Unemplolyment Insurance and FFCRA cannot be collected at the same time.

 

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