Employees can now use paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to care for their kids this summer if camps have been closed due to the pandemic, the DOL announced.
As long as the child was enrolled in the program before it was shut down, a summer camp can be considered a place of care for an employee’s child.
The DOL also clarified that even if the child wasn’t actually enrolled in the camp yet, “affirmative steps” could be enough to prove the summer program was set to be the child’s place of care.
Here are some examples of affirmative steps that could qualify employees for paid leave under the FFCRA:
• proof of application submission before camp’s closure
• proof of a paid deposit
• proof of prior attendance, and
• proof of being wait-listed.