On March 18, the U.S. Senate approved, and the president signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the act) that was enacted to assist American workers in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The act, which is set to take effect on April 1, provides paid FMLA leave and paid sick leave to employees of certain employers who meet specific criteria.

Late in the afternoon on March 24, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published guidance regarding the new act and some FAQs for employees and employers alike. The DOL also is in the process of drafting regulations, which hopefully will provide employers and employees with additional guidance as to the implementation of the act.

What Does This Mean for Employers?

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