The U.S. Department of Labor has recently provided a question and answer page regarding the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act which goes into effect on April 1, 2020 which provides employees of businesses under 500 employees with new paid sick leave for COVID-19 related leave through December 31, 2020. The question and answer page can be found here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor has also developed a required Notice which must be placed in a conspicuous place where employees can see it. It should be placed with all the other standard employment law posters that employers normally post for their employees. The notice can be found here: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf
While the Families First Coronavirus Response Act does provide for possible exemption for businesses with less than 50 employees, the exemption requires the employer to prove to the U.S. Department of Labor that complying with the law would jeopardize the viability of the business. However, at this time the U.S. Department of Labor has not provided a process for applying for the exemption and will release regulations later regarding how to apply for the exemption.
For any business owner needing assistance determining how to comply with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act regarding paid sick leave, please contact us and one of our attorneys will assist you.
Post Authored by Gaylord Gardner