Do Parents Qualify for Unemployment If Schools Are Closed? It Depends.

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The current surge in coronavirus infections is creating a tight spot for parents who work full-time or have kids who need supervision. If schools move to full-remote or partial remote learning, parents will need to make drastic changes to their routines — including, for some parents, leaving the workforce.

However, some parents will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits following fall school closures. The Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA), which was passed in March, offers financial aid and an extended relief for parents who have been employed for at least 30 calendar days. Here’s the exact language from the FFCRA:

“Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for paid sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee . . . is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.”

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