COVID-19: The Department of Labor Issues FFCRA RegulationsOn April 7, 2020 by Schnader in Client Alerts
Schnader’s Brian M. Wallen and M. Christine Carty have published a new Client Alert, “COVID-19: The Department of Labor Issues FFCRA Regulations.” It reads in part:
On April 1, 2020, the day the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”) portions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) took effect, the U.S. Department of Labor issued lengthy regulations interpreting the EPSLA and EFMLEA.
Since the FFCRA was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, the Department has sought to provide ongoing guidance about how it would interpret and enforce the FFCRA as employers and employees have besieged the Department with questions. The Department first issued a limited “Q&A” on March 24, 2020 , followed by a more detailed “Q&A” on March 28, 2020 . The 124 pages of the new April 1 regulations should now be considered operative and employers with fewer than 500 employees should be familiar with them.