March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Department of Labor Guidance to FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020.  Based on recent Department of Labor Guidance, the FFCRA will take effect on April 1, 2020. Through earlier transmissions, we have highlighted the requirements of the FFCRA.  We will continue to decipher the nuances of this new legislation and provide applicable insight as to its impact on the business community.

Two requirements of the FFCRA are required postings and revision of handbook policy for addition of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLEA).  Both of these provisions are components of the FFCRA.

Attached please find the required posting as provided by the Department of Labor.  The guidance dictates that:  Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website.  If you have questions about how to properly post this information, please contact our Employment Practice Group.

Similarly, if we can assist with the required changes to your handbook policy or further navigation of these policies as they may pertain to your business, please contact one of our Employment Practice attorneys at 1-888-488-2638.