Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became effective yesterday and will remain in effect through December 31, 2020. The FFCRA applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees.

The FFCRA requires covered employers to provide employees with up to 80 hours of paid sick time for certain reasons related to COVID-19. In addition, it requires employers to provide extended paid leave time to employees who are unable to work or telework because they need to care for their children due to school or childcare closures.  There are payroll tax credits available to employers to help fund these new paid benefits.

The US DOL has been issuing information as quickly as possible to assist with understanding and implementing the new FFCRA requirements. We want to be sure that you have access to all of the following FFCRA resources:

  • Poster:  The required poster can be found here, and FAQs about distributing the poster can be found here.
  • FAQs: The US DOL has posted and periodically updated “Questions and Answers” regarding the FFCRA that can be accessed here.
  • Temporary regulations: This afternoon, the US DOL announced temporary FFCRA regulations which can be found here.  The regulations are temporary because they will expire on 12/31/20, when the FFCRA expires. In addition, the US DOL cautions that the version of the regulations posted today is still subject to review before official publication, and minor technical or formatting changes may be made before final publication.
  • Recorded Webinar: The US DOL also announced that on Friday, April 3, it plans to post a recorded webinar that, when ready, can be accessed at the US DOL Wage & Hour Division’s pandemic web page (see below).
  • US DOL Web Page for FFCRA Information: We encourage you to regularly check the US DOL Wage and Hour Division’s pandemic webpage for updates as they become available. You can access that page here.
  • US DOL Hotline: Today’s US DOL notice also included a reminder that questions may be addressed to the US DOL toll-free help line at 866-4US-WAGE.
  • Tax Credit Information: Information regarding the payroll tax credits under the FFCRA can be found here, here, and here.

We hope this information is helpful to you. To quote a wise client’s email sign off from last night, we encourage you to “stay tuned and stay safe!”


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