Hoover City Council complies with Coronavirus Response Act

HOOVER – The Hoover City Council at its meeting on Monday, April 6 re-appointed a member of the Hoover City Schools Board of Education and responded to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The act was approved by Congress and President Trump and contains provisions for emergency paid sick leave and an emergency Family Medical Leave Act for eligible employees in certain situations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoover’s policy will be in effect from April 1 through Dec. 31.

Reasons allowed for employees to be given paid sick leave include:

  • Subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
  • Advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis.
  • Caring for an individual subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order or advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Caring for the employee’s child if the child’s school or place of care is closed or the child’s care provider is unavailable due to public health emergency.
  • Experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.

The duration of emergency paid sick leave is a maximum of 80 hours for full-time employees, and a maximum of the number of hours equal to the number of hours worked on average over a two-week period for part-time employees.

Emergency paid sick leave wages are capped at $511 per day (up to $5,110 total) per employee for the employee’s own COVID-19 symptoms/diagnosis or quarantine/isolation and limited to $200 per day (up to $2,000 total) to care for other and any other substantially similar condition.

In an employee needs additional time off after using the 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave, the employee may apply for Emergency FMLA.

The Council also approved re-appointing Kermit Kendrick to the HCS Board of Education for a five-year term.

Kendrick’s current term expires in June.