2020 has been a roller coaster ride for employers and employees. Collectively, we have survived shutdowns, furloughs, sickness, re-opening, and now managing a back to school season like nothing the country has seen in the past. Look back at the last six months to hear lessons learned from the pandemic and key points of the FFCRA and the CARES that apply in the days ahead.
The application of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to employee leaves of absence was a conundrum for employees and employers alike even before Coronavirus times. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to provide relief to American workers of certain covered employers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This new law requires covered employers to offer emergency paid leave in the form of a new mandatory paid sick leave benefit and expanded paid leave under the FMLA. Understand the new FMLA and paid sick leave provisions of the FFCRA and obtain practical counsel for navigating the requirements of the law and address questions.