Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) | U.S. DOL released the first round of guidance and required posters for new paid leave mandates enacted by Congress in response to the coronavirus crisis. The guidance includes:
Effective Date | FFCRA Enacted on March 18, is effective from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
Mandates | FFCRA law amends the Family and Medical Leave Act, mandating that all private employers with fewer than 500 employees, post this notice (share with employees) by April 1 and provide the following:
- Paid Sick Leave (up to 10 days) – employees are eligible for up to two weeks, or 10 days, of paid sick leave, subject to an 80-hour cap for full-time employees
- Expanded Family and Medical Leave (up to 10 weeks) – Employees who have been employed for at least 30 days prior to their leave request may be eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of partially paid expanded family and medical leave, where applicable
Small Business Exemptions | Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption. See referenced U.S. DOL links to determine if your business qualifies for exemptions. Employers wishing to seek the exemption should at this time document why their business meets such criteria.
Employer Reimbursement | The cost of all paid sick, family, and medical leave incurred under the new law will be reimbursed to companies via payroll tax credits.
Employee Notification | DOL requires that employers post (and share) the Employee Rights Posters for the new paid leave mandates by April 1.
More details on the small business exemption and other additional guidance and FAQs will be forthcoming from DOL, specifically how small businesses can best navigate the new federal mandates. More details available at COVID-19 and the American Workplace
NFIB | The North SA Chamber is working with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and others to help provide the latest, most detailed information. NFIB published a Paid Leave Law Fact Sheet and posted Small Business COVID-19 FAQs online, which are updated as more information becomes available from the Administration.
The North SA Chamber will provide updates and details as they are released.