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COVID-19 Update: DOL’s New Guidance on FFCRA School Closure Leaves

New DOL Guidance for FFCRA Leaves On Re-Opening Schools With schools reopening across the country, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued three new FAQs that clarify certain school closure scenarios under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new FAQs, numbered 98-100, specifically limit FFCRA benefits to those instances when a child’s … Continued

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As Businesses Reopen, the DOL Continues to Update FFCRA Q&As

On July 17, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional Q&As related to COVID-19.  Though employers are probably exhausted by these updates, the Q&As provide guidance that will help businesses stay compliant during the pandemic.  This blog summarizes the new Q&As, which are numbered 94 through 97, but we recommend that employers and their human … Continued

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FFCRA: Summer Program Closures May Trigger Leave Benefits

School work is done for this academic year and kids are moping around, bored because their summer camp plans were cancelled due to COVID-19. Are employees able to take leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to care for their kids because their summer programs have been cancelled? Which programs qualify and what … Continued

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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

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Podcast Transcript: FFCRA’s Small Business Exemption

Small business owners may be exempt from providing paid leave for certain reasons under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) as explained by James Venable, Esq., SPHR and Sue Woods, Esq. Transcript: James: Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, and I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed … Continued

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed into Law By President Trump

President Trump signed into law Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which passed in a 90-8 vote in the Senate. The final version of the legislation contains important changes from the iteration of the bill discussed in our earlier published blog including eligible leave reasons, leave compensation caps, and voluntary exclusions … Continued