In order to keep Americans healthy while also making sure businesses stay afloat, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act gives companies with fewer than 500 employees funds to give employees paid leave to care for themselves or family members during the pandemic. The law takes effect on April 1, and the U.S. Department of Labor released its first round of published guidance for employers that includes information on how to qualify, obtain exemptions, and calculate hours and wages. Find out if you qualify.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced today its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers and employees about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1.
The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as:
How an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage;
How small businesses can obtain an exemption;
How to count hours for part-time employees; and
How to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.