The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The Act enacted two laws that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- The “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act” allows 12
weeks of partially compensated FMLA leave to care for a child
whose school or child care facility has been closed due to COVID-19.
- The “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act” requires employers to provide
80 hours of paid sick time to employees in specified circumstances
related to COVID-19 exposure and prevention.
As required, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued temporary regulations to implement the FFCRA’s paid leave requirements.
This Compliance Bulletin presents the DOL’s answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the FFCRA. These FAQs have been updated with the latest information published by the DOL on Apr. 6, 2020.