Last night President Trump signed into law The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), requiring certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

These provisions apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees and will be administered and enforced by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

As the Small Business Administration urgently develops the implementing regulations and guidance supporting this new law and explaining its new requirements, PLEASE JOIN THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FOR A PAID LEAVE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 AT 10:00 AM EST.

Please participate and provide your views.

Click here to join the webinar:  https://dolwhd.cosocloud.com/whdcommteam
Dial this number for audio access: 888-791-5525; Participant passcode: 6860607

Generally, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides that employees of covered employers are eligible for:

Two weeks of paid sick time at the employee’s regular rate of pay while the employee is quarantined, self-quarantined, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking diagnosis; or

Two weeks of paid sick time at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay while caring for an individual subject to quarantine or self-quarantine, caring for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, or experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and

An additional 10 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay to care for a child whose school or child-care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

The Wage and Hour Division continues to provide information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Please visit the Department of Labor’s website for additional information at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.