The federal government passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”) on March 18, 2020 with an effective date of April 1, 2020. The Act requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave to employees under an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act known as the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, as well as the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. This leave is available for employees through December 31, 2020.
The Department of Labor issued FAQs on March 24, 2020 (“DOL FAQs”), which are updated frequently and provide answers to a vast number of topics. See https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions. Note that even previously answered questions are sometimes modified later. A good practice is to check back daily to the Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources website (https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus) for further information and updates.
The Department of Labor has also issued regulations pursuant to the Act, which can be found at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=f2e549b7d707e617546a290a5e7a0331&mc=true&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title29/29cfr826_main_02.tpl).
Basic questions on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act as well as the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act are answered below. Please contact Gutwein Law for further information, to request policies, or to discuss your company’s specific circumstances.