If a company already offers paid time off or sick leave, does the employee have to use that prior to using the paid sick leave provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

No, an employer may not require an employee to use other paid leave provided by the employer before the employee uses the paid sick time under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. However, prior to the effective date of the act, employees should use their available PTO, vacation, or sick time.  An employee may elect to substitute any accrued vacation leave, personal leave, or medical or sick leave, as well as sick or family leave mandated by state and local government.

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