Department of Labor Issues Guidance

On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its initial guidance regarding the Familes First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Notably, the DOL provides that the provisions regarding emergency paid sick leave and expanded Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) become effective April 1, 2020, and will remain in place until the end of 2020. The new DOL guidance can be found here.

The guidance provides a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers, and a Q&A. It addresses questions such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

The DOL has stated that a workplace poster for employers will be published later this week, along with additional fact sheets and more Q&A.