The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour division recently published guidance for workers and employers to help explain the expanded ‘paid sick leave’ and ‘expanded family and medical leave’ provisions within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The recent guidance is in a Q&A format and addresses critical issues such as the definition of a ‘health care provider’ as well as the small business exemption available for employers with fewer than 50 employees.
As background, the FFCRA goes into effect today, April 1, 2020, and requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide qualifying employees with up to 80 hours (two weeks) of paid sick leave and up to ten (10) weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The expanded leave will be available to employees through December 31, 2020.
The DOL is expected to publish FFCRA regulations in April 2020.
The Q&A Guidance: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
Additional Information about COVID-19 and the workplace: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
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