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PHEL Update

The Commonwealth of Virginia notified Mason that the available hours of Public Health Emergency Leave Policy (PHEL) will return to a maximum of 80 hours per leave year as of January 10, 2021. The PHEL exception approved in March that expanded paid time off to 160 hours will expire on January 9, 2021.

In response to the Commonwealth’s announcement, we updated the leave guidances located on our COVID-19 page under the "Leave" header.

Please note that FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency FML (EFML) expire on December 31, 2020, unless the federal government extends the leave.  If we are notified that the federal government will expand the leaves, we will notify you.


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