DOL Issues Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By Kristin Berger Parker

In response to the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a number of resources for employers, including posters that can be used to satisfy the notice requirements under the law, and several fact sheets and Q&A that provide compliance assistance to employers. 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers announces the effective date of the leave requirements under the FFCRA: April 1, 2020. Employers should take note that this effective date has been updated and takes effect sooner than 15 days after enactment. The Q&A also provides timely information on topics including: 

  • Determining whether an employer is under the 500-employee threshold for coverage purposes
  • Previewing procedures for electing the small business exemption
  • Calculating compensation for employees under the paid leave requirements, including treatment of overtime hours, commission, tips and piece rate compensation
  • Determining employee eligibility for leave

For more information on the FFCRA or the published resources for employers, please contact Brittany Barrientos, Amy Conway, Jennifer Ives, Molly Walsh Keppler, Kristin Berger Parker, Greta Bauer Reyes, Johnny Wang or the Stinson LLP contact with whom you regularly work.

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