Monday, September 14, 2020
On Sept. 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued revised regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in response to a New York federal court decision last month that struck down key aspects of the original FFCRA regulations. With the revised regulations, the DOL holds its ground on much of its initial FFCRA interpretation while providing additional guidance to support its initial positions.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Just in time for the first bell, the Department of Labor has issued new frequently asked questions to help employers and working parents understand how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act applies to the various return to school formats and schedules that school districts are implementing.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
As employers across the country focus on getting back to work, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) continues its focus on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). On May 7, 2020, the DOL updated its FAQs resource page with additional FFCRA guidance in Questions 89 - 93.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
On April 3, 2020, the DOL issued a 4th set of questions and answers that dig into some of the specifics regarding when emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency FMLA (EFMLA) leave are available for use.
Monday, March 30, 2020
On March 27th, the DOL addressed for the first time employees that qualify as a “health care provider” for purposes of determining individuals whose advice to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19 can be relied upon as a qualifying reason for paid sick leave.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
On March 27, the Department of Labor issued additional guidance on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) provisions and the Emergency FMLA (EFMLA) requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new Guidance includes questions and answers that address many of the practical issues and concerns that employers have raised related to implementing the FFCRA on April 1. With over 40 additional questions, the guidance covers critical topics such as layoffs/furloughs and use of paid leave, documentation that employers may require for use of paid leave time, whether workers can take paid sick leave intermittently, and whether employers who closed before the effective date of the FFCRA must pay paid sick leave.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
For many employers, what has followed since March 18th are questions and more questions about coverage, notice, use, and other basic compliance requirements of the FFCRA. On March 24th, the DOL issued a Q & A-style Guidance that answers some question, but leaves many more unanswered just a week before the FFCRA is to be effective.