Federal Court Invalidates Multiple Provisions of DOL FFCRA Rule

In an August 3, 2020 Opinion and Order, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated multiple provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule implementing the leave-related requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The federal judge ruled that numerous provisions in the rule were unlawful … Continued

New FMLA Forms Have Arrived!

With little fanfare, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published revised model notices and forms for use with administering Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave requests. On July 16, 2020, the DOL posted the revised forms on its FMLA webpage. As we reported last August, the DOL sought public feedback on proposed changes to … Continued

The Intersection of FFCRA Leave, PTO, and Other Leaves

The Intersection of FFCRA Leave, PTO, and Other Leaves Employers and employees alike are struggling to understand which leaves and time-off benefits may be used for COVID-19 related reasons. For employers who are subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), many questions continue to crop up. For example, may employees use their company-provided … Continued

More DOL Q&As: Clarifying the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

More DOL Q&As: Clarifying the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Another day, another group of Q&As from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)! In recent days, the DOL published 20 new Q&As regarding employee benefits and employer obligations under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). As we’ve written previously, the FFCRA … Continued

New Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Basic Guidelines, And Get Ready to Put Up a Poster

UPDATE: Today, April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) promulgated temporary regulations regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which went into effect on April 1. These temporary regulations reaffirm the guidance issued by the DOL in its previously issued Q&As. The IRS also got into the game on Tuesday evening, by issuing a directive … Continued

In the Aftermath of a Tornado near Nashville, TN: What to Know about Leave, Disability, and Accommodation Management After a Natural Disaster

After a powerful storm early on Tuesday, March 3 left at least twenty-five deaths and extensive damage in several counties in central Tennessee, ReedGroup kept our colleagues, their families, and all Tennesseans in our thoughts. We’re committed to serving our clients’ employees with compassion. Here are some reminders and considerations when it comes to disability, … Continued

Serving Our Country: Military Deployments May Trigger Leave Requests

Recent military deployments to the Middle East may result in employers seeing an increase in military-related leave requests.  When managing leave of absence requests from members of the military, employers have two statutory provisions to consider.  The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ((USERRA).  Both laws provide job … Continued