COVID leave eligibility period extended for Canadian County employees

Through March 31 under federal coronavirus relief act

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David Anderson

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

EL RENO – Emergency medical and family leave for Canadian County employees has been extended under a federal coronavirus program.

Canadian County Commissioners, at their weekly meeting Jan. 19, voted 3-0 to approve a resolution extending leave entitlement under the First Families Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA).

The act originally expired Dec. 31, 2020, and the effective date has been moved to March 31.

“Understand, it’s not creating additional leave,” District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson said. “It’s just extending the period of time that was available.”

The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The program is for emergency leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, Assistant District Attorney Tommy Humphries explained.

“After discussion with a couple (county) officers, this really just adopts the decision that the state made,” Humphries advised commissioners.

“No employees gain any additional balances; they just get to keep the balance that they have. The same rules apply.”

Employers covered under the FFCRA must provide all employees:

  • Two weeks of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay if that employee cannot work because they are quarantined and/or experience COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Two weeks of paid sick leave at two-thirds of the employee’s regular rate of pay if that employee cannot work because they must care for someone subject to quarantine or care for a child whose school or child-care provider is closed due to COVID-19.

Employers covered under the act must provide employees who have been employed for at least 30 days:

  • Up to 10 additional weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds of the employee’s regular rate of pay if that employee cannot work because they must care for a child whose school or child-care provider is closed due to COVID-19.
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IN OTHER BUSINESS

In other business during their Jan. 19th meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Naming an unincorporated private road in District 2 “Saddleback Lane” for 9-1-1 addressing purposes. The road is on the east side of Manning Road south of Reno.
  • Paying a $3,500 claim to Smith Roberts Land Services for right-of-way services on a Waterloo Road bridge project in District 1.
  • The designation of D’Shea Brothers and Pam Owens as requisitioning officers and Misty Schweitzer and Melissa McClain as receiving officers at the county juvenile center.

Meanwhile, Undersheriff Kevin Ward presented the weekly county jail report showing 207 total inmates with 185 in-house and 22 in other counties. Twenty-one inmates await transfer to the state Department of Corrections.