DOL Issues Guidance to Employers Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has been working in overdrive since the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, 2020 to establish guidance for employees and employers regarding the Act.

The DOL has published guidance for employers, available here.

The guidance includes a set of questions and answers published today, March 25, 2020, addressing frequently asked questions including how the 500 employee cap is calculated, how to count hours for part time employees, how to calculate an employee’s pay taking paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave, and how to determine whether an employee has been employed for at least 30 calendar days for the purposes of the expanded family and medical leave. That FAQ is available here.

Though the FFCRA becomes effective April 1, 2020, the DOL has issued a Field Assistance Bulletin directing Wage and Hour Division Staff that it will observe a temporary non-enforcement period of the FFCRA for the period of March 18 through April 17, 2020, provided that employers are working in good faith to implement the bill during that time. That bulletin is available here.

The Poster Notice to employees is not yet available, but we will publish as soon as it is. If you have employees asking questions about the FFCRA, you can provide them with the DOL’s Employee Leave Rights Information page, available here.

If you have questions regarding the FFCRA, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group, a Division of Dowling Aaron Incorporated.

By: Rebecca A. Hause-Schultz

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