Federal Emergency Paid Leave provisions expired Dec. 31; Leave options for 2021

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provided paid leave entitlements to qualifying employees who were unable to work or telework for specific COVID 19 related reasons, expired on December 31, 2020.

If you utilized UW COVID-19 leave or FFCRA leave prior to December 31 (see two programs below), a completed Request for Emergency Leave Form is required and should be submitted to the CALS Divisional Disability Representative (DDR) email at Please complete the applicable form:

The two programs of FFCRA were:

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) – EPSLA provides up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for qualifying employees
  • Emergency FMLA (EFMLEA) – EFMLEA provides qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of leave. EFMLEA provides ONE additional qualifying reason for an employee to take leave under the federal FMLA: to care for the employee’s son or daughter, who is under 18, if the school the child attends is closed or if daycare is unavailable due to COVID-19.

Requests will then be reviewed and either approved or denied. This notification will come via email and provide additional information on next steps.  Please provide as much information as possible and any documentation.

If you have submitted your Request for Emergency Leave form, thank you for your attention to this matter.

After December 31, 2020, employees who are unable to work or telework for COVID 19-related reasons will continue to have a variety of leave options available to them. (Your assigned CALS HR Manager is available to assist with discussing your options.) However, employees will need to use their own accrued leave during their absences to receive pay.

Campus is working to create a new leave request form for use in 2021. The new form will be announced in eCALS when it is ready for use. (January 6th update: the new form is available for use.)

Additional information is available at

If you have questions, please speak with your supervisor or assigned CALS HR Manager.