April 7, 2020 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Summary Of The New Law, Implementing Regulations & Interpretive Guidance To Date

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) took effect on April 1, 2020. Since the FFCRA was signed into law on March 18, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued several rounds of guidance, a temporary rule and a final rule interpreting the new law and defining employers’ obligations to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave to employees who are unable to work for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 1, 2020, we issued an E-Update with a guide to the FFCRA and interpretive guidance. Since our April 1, 2020 update, the DOL issued additional guidance and a final rule interpreting the FFCRA.  The updated guide included with this E-Update (accessible through the link below) incorporates all of the statutory and regulatory guidance on the FFCRA through April 6, 2020, including key provisions from the DOL’s Questions & Answers and its April 6, 2020 Final Rule on Paid Leave Under the FFCRA. The guide includes a Table of Contents linked to the listed topics.

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PPSC has issued this E-Update to provide information on new legislation as a courtesy. It contains general information and does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Application of any law is always fact-specific, so you should consult with legal counsel before taking any actions based on the new law.

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