New FFCRA required poster available for April 1 effective date

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires covered employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The FFCRA also requires a poster to notify employees of their rights.   That poster has now been issued by the DOL and is available on the DOL website at: 

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Employers should note that the DOL announced in Guidance issued on March 24, 2020 that the FFCRA is effective April 1, 2020. Note this is a change from the previously expected effective date of April 2, 2020.

Employer should ensure that the FFCRA notice is posted in a conspicuous place on its premises by April 1st.   In light of the fact that many employees are now working remotely, employers should consider adding the posting to intranet sites and using other means that may be visible to remote workers.  The DOL suggests options such as emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees who are working remotely, 

The DOL has issued a FAQ related to the notice that can be viewed here

Employers can expect continuing information on the FFCRA from the DOL. The McDonald Hopkins Labor and Employment Response Team will continue to monitor developments and provide updates.   

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