The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act

Labor & Employment

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) goes into effect on April 1, 2020, greatly expanding benefits to employees in the U.S. in these unprecedented times. We previously published information on the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA. To assist with the implementation of these emergency relief measures, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued on March 24, 2020 the following guidance:

  1. questions and answers regarding the FFCRA;

  2. a poster, which summarizes an employee’s rights under the FFCRA; and

  3. “Frequently Asked Questions” which provide guidance on the poster.

The DOL’s “Frequently Asked Questions” accompanying the FFCRA poster address the notice requirements for this employee advisory. The DOL requires that the poster be placed in a “conspicuous” place on the premises. As with other DOL notices, this requirement is best complied with by posting where employees frequent. Because many employees are working remotely and/or teleworking, the DOL explains that a covered employer may comply with the notice requirements by issuing the poster to employees via e-mail, direct mail and/or posting on an “employee information internal or external website.”

The DOL advises that additional guidance on the FFCRA will be published in advance of April 1, 2020, the FFCRA’s effective date. The DOL is also expected to issue detailed regulations for the FFCRA. In the interim, should you have questions about your obligations for compliance with the FFCRA, do not hesitate to call a member of Calfee’s Employment and Labor Team.

Calfee invites you to visit our COVID-19 Resource Center containing First Alerts to help guide you through the challenges faced by individuals and organizations as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. We are committed to helping you meet the diverse and complex challenges and navigate the disruptions caused by this pandemic. Please check the COVID-19 Resource Center regularly for the latest updates, or subscribe to receive the most up-to-date Alerts sent directly to your email inbox.

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