Updates to Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, President Trump approved House Bill 6201, titled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”.  Please see our earlier advisories regarding this new legislation that we sent on March 19, 2020 and March 20, 2020.  The law has two new acts: the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act”.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued two updates on this new legislation.  First, the DOL has moved up the effective date of the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act from Thursday, April 2, 2020 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Second, the DOL produced a notice that covered employers must post in a conspicuous place, likely where other workplace posters are located.  Given that may physical workspaces in the Commonwealth are closed at this time, we recommend issuing the required notice electronically to employees and when possible posting it in the workplace.  A copy of the notice is on the second page of the advisory, and may also be obtained at:  https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf.

Our office is continuing to monitor federal and state guidance and legislation for further developments related to COVID-19.  If you have any questions, please contact us.


This update is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.