Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

The proposed new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201). The Act, which will take effect on April 1, 2020, was created to provide guidance and aid employers with 50 or more employees, and less than 500. This Act will also prohibit discrimination and retaliation against employees invoking their benefits. It is important for everyone to be aware of the specific definitions and guidelines set forth if employees are forced to miss work due to multiple scenarios associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to certain public employers, and private employers with fewer than 500 employees.  Effective March 26, 2020, employers must provide notice of the new law to all employees by posting the notice, copy attached, with its other labor law posters (in a conspicuous place on the employers’ premises). Employers must also email, direct mail and/or post the required notice on the company’s website so that employees who are currently unable to access their physical place of work have access to it.

Click here to read our interpretation of the Act, as it is currently written. Please note that prior to implementing any of the components of this Act, we urge you to check the Department of Labor website for ongoing updates and regulations.