Know Your Benefits: Family and Medical Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on Dec. 31, 2020. It required employers to provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. Although employers may voluntarily choose to continue the expanded leave, PPS has decided not to. 

The traditional (original) form of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is still in effect, but this form of leave is unpaid. PPS allows employees to use their accrued time to “pay themselves” while they are on an approved leave. If you are approved for a medical leave to care for yourself or a family member, you will be paid using your accrued leave balances in this order: family illness leave, sick leave, personal leave, then reserve sick leave. 

Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an entitlement so long as you have met the Oregon eligibility requirements

PPS recently decided to outsource their FMLA leave processing to a vendor called FMLA Source. You contact them to begin the process of applying for medical leave. 

This is an extremely stressful time.  Please take care of yourself, and know that medical and family leave may be options to support your health and that of your family members.