KPhA wants to make sure you receive information related to COVID-19 and the Federal and State responses to the pandemic as quickly as possible.
One item that was just clarified last night was whether or not pharmacy staff were going to be exempted as "healthcare providers" under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The US Department of Labor released their official guidance last night that included the following:
#56 Who is a “health care provider” who may be excluded by their employer from paid sick leave and/or expanded family and medical leave?
1. For the purposes of employees who may be exempted from paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave by their employer under the FFCRA, a health care provider is anyone employed at any doctor’s office, hospital, health care center, clinic, post-secondary educational institution offering health care instruction, medical school, local health department or agency, nursing facility, retirement facility, nursing home, home health care provider, any facility that performs laboratory or medical testing, pharmacy, or any similar institution, employer, or entity. This includes any permanent or temporary institution, facility, location, or site where medical services are provided that are similar to such institutions.
This definition includes any individual employed by an entity that contracts with any of the above institutions, employers, or entities institutions to provide services or to maintain the operation of the facility. This also includes anyone employed by any entity that provides medical services, produces medical products, or is otherwise involved in the making of COVID-19 related medical equipment, tests, drugs, vaccines, diagnostic vehicles, or treatments. This also includes any individual that the highest official of a state or territory, including the District of Columbia, determines is a health care provider necessary for that state’s or territory’s or the District of Columbia’s response to COVID-19.
To minimize the spread of the virus associated with COVID-19, the Department encourages employers to be judicious when using this definition to exempt health care providers from the provisions of the FFCRA.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this guidance, and we will do our best to get you an answer.