DOL Revises Paid Leave Requirements Under FFCRA

On Sept. 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued revisions to its regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The revised rule will take effect on Sept. 16, 2020, when it will be published in official form.Revised Regulations Respond… Continue reading DOL Revises Paid Leave Requirements Under FFCRA

DOL Updates FFCRA Q&As for Fall 2020 School Year

The Department of Labor continues to update the Q&As regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The recent updates have big impacts on parents of school-aged children as schools tackle the decision of how to move forward. No matter what local schools and parents decide, it is important that employers be prepared. Hybrid Learning: Under… Continue reading DOL Updates FFCRA Q&As for Fall 2020 School Year

New York Court Vacates Portions of FFCRA Regulations

On August 3, 2020, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated several key portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Final Rule implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The FFCRA provides emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to employees… Continue reading New York Court Vacates Portions of FFCRA Regulations

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Regulations Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Benefits Under FFCRA

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its regulations to implement the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both of which are part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). The FFCRA, which became law on March 18, went into effect today, April 1. The FFCRA… Continue reading U.S. Department of Labor Issues Regulations Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Benefits Under FFCRA

DOL Issues FFCRA Employee Notice Form

This afternoon the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its model notice of employee rights regarding paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The model notice describes information regarding the FFCRA’s paid leave entitlements, eligibility requirements, qualifying reasons for leave related to COVID-19, and… Continue reading DOL Issues FFCRA Employee Notice Form

Coronavirus: Tax and Employee Benefit Considerations — Part 2

Employer-sponsored group health plans have drawn attention regarding coverage for certain coronavirus-related costs. Under the FFCRA, all group health plans are now required to provide coverage for COVID-19 testing without imposing deductibles, copayments, or other cost sharing — and without requiring prior authorization or imposing other medical management standards. This coverage must include both the… Continue reading Coronavirus: Tax and Employee Benefit Considerations — Part 2

Coronavirus: Tax and Employee Benefit Considerations — Part 1

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was enacted on March 18, 2020, established two new categories of paid leave to assist workers needing time off for certain coronavirus-related purposes: (1) up to two weeks of paid sick leave, and (2) up to ten weeks of paid FMLA leave. These paid leave mandates apply… Continue reading Coronavirus: Tax and Employee Benefit Considerations — Part 1

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which, among many other things, provides paid leave for employees who must stay home to care for themselves or their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the Senate passed the Act, and President Trump signed it into law. The… Continue reading Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law