Understanding and responding to the business and legal impacts of COVID-19

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – The U.S. DOL Answers Critical Questions About Paid Leave Requirements

March 28, 2020–After issuing a smaller set of FAQs earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a comprehensive list of questions and answers as employers grapple with various paid leave provisions of the FFCRA. We now have answers with respect to:

  • how the FFCRA applies to unionized workforces
  • whether an employee may take intermittent emergency family and medical leave
  • continued health benefits coverage during leave
  • employees subject to furloughs, reduced hours, or business closures
  • how to count employees to determine whether you fall under the 500-employee threshold
  • requesting certification and documentation from employees
  • what it means to be unable to work or telework

If you have questions about your duties and responsibilities as an employer, please reach out to our team. Do not forget to post the required FFCRA notice in your physical and/or virtual workplace.


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