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March 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues FAQs Regarding New Paid Leave laws

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) by providing a series of FAQs. In the FAQs, the DOL addresses a number of issues including calculation of the 500-employee threshold, potential exemptions for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees), calculating rates of pay, documentation requirements, telework, intermittent leave, furloughs, and “top off” policies. A link to the FAQs can be found here.

In addition, the DOL has provided the new poster that will fulfill the April 1, 2020 notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under this new law. The poster for private employers can be found here, and the DOL’s FAQs regarding the posting requirements can be found here.

For More Information: If you have questions or want more information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, contact your legal counsel. If you do not have regular counsel for such matters, Berkowitz Oliver LLP would welcome the opportunity to work with you to meet your specific business needs. Berkowitz Oliver’s employment group regularly counsels employers about their obligations under federal and state laws. For more information, contact Kathleen Nemechek, Tim Millman, Jocelyn Villanueva, Sharon Stallbaumer, or Megan Costello (contact information available here). Also, please visit our website here. This information is provided as of March 27, 2020. Of course, this is a rapidly evolving situation and new or revised guidance is likely. Please make sure to monitor continuing developments.

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