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SS+D COVID-19 Response Team: Department of Labor Guidance on Emergency FMLA Requirements Under Families First Act March 30, 2020

March 31, 2020 | Sebaly Shillito + Dyer

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands the requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act by providing relief to those employees who are left without child care due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid leave for this specified reason. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has the authority to administer and enforce the paid leave requirements under this new law.

On March 27, 2020, the Department of Labor issued additional guidance on how these provisions will apply practically to employers. The guidance answers many questions and concerns that employers may have prior to implementing the new provisions. The law will apply from April 2, 2020, to December 31, 2020. Therefore, employers must become familiar with these provisions by April 1. The guidance may be accessed here. If you have questions on how these provisions will apply you and your business, please contact SS+D for assistance.

The SS+D COVID-19 Response Team was formed to provide clients, colleagues, and friends of the Firm updates for the foreseeable future on COVID-19 issues facing businesses, executives, and employees. Please let us know if there are any items/issues you would like for us to track or summarize.

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