By Jeff Slawson  |  WKBW  |  4:15 AM, Apr 02, 2020 Updated: 5:16 AM, Apr 02, 2020

Changes coming Thursday to employee time off

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As of April 2nd, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will take effect, bringing more benefits to families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Those are going to give employees expanded sick leave and family leave protection for virus related absences so employers should be aware of those,” said James Grasso at Phillips Lytle LLP.

Changes are coming at the state and federal level. The state level ensures that all business, regardless of size, have the same protections. The federal level establishes a base for family time off.

“That law’s going be expanded to allow employees to take off up to 12 weeks of leave if they need to stay home to care for a child who’s out of school because schools are closed,” Grasso said.

These changes take effect on April 2nd and extend until December 31st.