FFCRA (CLU 04/03/2020)
- April 3rd, 2020
The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), which was signed into law on March 18, 2020, went into effect on April 1, 2020. This Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick, family, and medical leave for specific reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Act, certain public and private employers with fewer than 500 employees are subject to the provisions of this Act. The employers subject to the FFCRA must provide two weeks of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular pay rate if said employee is quarantined and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical treatment; or two weeks of paid sick leave at two-thirds of the employees regular pay rate if that employee is caring for someone who is subject to quarantine, or to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed for reasons related to COVID-19; and up to an additional ten weeks of paid leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular pay rate where the employee, who has been employed at least 30 days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19. However, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closing or child care unavailability if the leave would jeopardize the viability of the business. For further guidance on this Act and how it might apply to your business, you can visit the Department of Labor’s website, or contact The Miller Law Firm, P.A.