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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (4/1/20)

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Invitation to Join the DOL National Online Dialogue
The U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees with an innovative opportunity to offer their perspective as the Department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The ideas and comments gathered from this dialogue will inform compliance assistance guidance, resources, and tools, as well as outreach approaches, that assist employers and employees in understanding their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

We need your input by March 29, 2020. Anybody who is interested can:

participate online at https://ffcra.ideascale.com from March 23 through March 29, 2020

                                 AND/OR

view and contribute to a Twitter chat hosted by @ePolicyWorks earlier this week using the hashtag #EPWChat

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its first official guidance for employers and workers about the paid-leave provisions in the coronavirus relief bill that was signed into law on March 18.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act's (FFCRA's) emergency paid-leave provisions apply to businesses with fewer than 500 employees, but there are exceptions available for small businesses and companies that employ health care workers.

Many employers will have to provide up to 80 hours of paid-sick-leave benefits if employees need leave to care for their own or someone else's coronavirus-related issues. The legislation also updates the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide workers with job-protected, paid leave when they can't work—either onsite or remotely—because their minor son's or daughter's school or child care service is closed due to the public health emergency.

Read the rest of the article:
Confused About the Coronavirus Paid-Leave Mandate? DOL Issued Some Guidance
SHRM | Mar 2020

Effective date:      04/01/2020
Expiration date:   12/31/2020
Read a summary of H.R.6201 here.
Read the text of H.R.6201 here.
Notice requirement: Yes, see the "posters" heading here.

DOL and IRS Resources

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements
DOL Guidance

COVID-19 and the American Workplace
DOL Fact Sheets, Posters, More

Coronavirus Tax Relief
Tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
IRS Tax Credit Information

SHRM Resources

Many Employers Must Offer Paid Leave Under Coronavirus Relief Law
SHRM | Mar 2020

How does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) impact employers?
SHRM HRQA | Mar 2020

Policy FMLA Leave Expansion and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Policy (Coronavirus)
Form Request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave
Form FMLA Employee Request Form
SHRM Samples

Law Firm Articles

Second Set of DOL FAQs Provide More Clarity on Upcoming Federal Paid Sick and Family Leave Obligations
DOL Releases Q&A Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Littler | Mar 2020

Department of Labor Releases Guidance Regarding the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Kilpatrick | Mar 2020

Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Mintz | Mar 2020

Index of COVID-19/Coronavirus Express Requests

General
CARES Act: Business & Nonprofit Relief
Employer Resource Centers (U.S. and Global)
Preparedness Plan
Communicating with Employees
EEOC Issues ADA Guidance

Compensation and Benefits
U.S. Wage and Hour Issues
CARES Act: Unemployment Expansion & Extension
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Paid Leave; Enhanced FMLA; More)
Making Tax-Favored Disaster Relief Payments to Employees
Leave Donation Programs
IRS Relaxes HDHP Rules

Remote Workers
Allowing Telework
Engaging Remote Workers
Completing Form I-9 for Remote Workers

Layoffs
Layoff Alternatives
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act

Miscellaneous
Beware Phishing Scams

State Developments
California Suspends 60-Day Cal-WARN Notice (3/4/20 - TBD)
Colorado Adopts Emergency Rule Mandating Paid Sick (3/11/20)
Illinois Issues "Stay-at-Home" Order (3/21-4/7, 2020)
New Jersey DOL Releases Guidance on COVID-19
New York Enacts COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave (3/18/20)
New York Orders 100% In-Person Workforce Reduction

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