Families First Coronavirus Response Act and New Department of Labor Regulations
On March 18, 2020 the federal government enacted the FFCRA in an ongoing effort to respond to challenges employers face due to the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. On April 1, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations to implement the two paid leave provisions of the FFCRA: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. These provisions of the FFCRA went into effect on April 1 and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act generally requires all covered employers (certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees) to provide all employees:
The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act
A covered employer must provide to employees that it has employed for at least 30 days:
Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can claim an exemption to the FFCRA if the paid leave requirements would jeopardize their viability.
Highlights Of The Department of Labor’s New Regulations
Below are some of the highlights from the Department of Labor’s new regulations which are of particular importance to employers:
This article is informational only and meant to provide guidance. It is not meant to be legal advice and it does not create an attorney-client relationship. For what to do in your specific situation, please consult with a qualified Construction Law attorney.
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