The U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) has released guidance for employers and employees on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The guidance for employers can be viewed here, and the guidance for employees can be viewed here. There is also a Q&A with helpful information that is being updated regularly. Further, U.S. DOL has released the poster that must be placed conspicuously in the workplace prior to April 1, 2020. You can access it by clicking here.
For employers that have closed operations in whole or in part due to COVID-19, Department of Labor guidance indicates that that the poster should be emailed or direct mailed to employees, or posted on an employee information internal or external website.
Further, some industry guidance has indicated that if your workplace has been closed due to Governor Wolf’s mandated closure of nonessential businesses and schools, your employees may qualify for paid sick leave benefits under the FFCRA, even if the employees themselves are not subject to quarantine or a self-isolation order. There are differing interpretations, however, so we are continuing to closely monitor developments in this area.
Also note that the original interpretation of the effective date has changed. The FFCRA becomes effective April 1, 2020.
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the FFCRA. Our employment team is here to help you navigate this time of uncertainty.