Monday, March 23, 2020
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The FFCRA relief package includes two (2) distinct provisions that provide emergency leave to employees: (1) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”); and (2) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”). The provisions of the FFCRA were fine-tuned in a matter of five (5) days, with the expectation that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will provide clarifying rules shortly following the FFCRA’s effective date of April 2, 2020. Until such time as the DOL clarifies the FFCRA’s provisions, employers are working diligently to interpret the FFCRA’s terms and prepare for implementation. In particular, the public sector is faced with the unpleasant reality that the FFCRA may serve as an unfunded mandate on a local government system that is already underfunded. This Q & A overview seeks to provide further clarification and guidance to local governments as they implement the provisions of the FFCRA while continuing to provide effective and efficient services to their constituents.
General Questions Regarding the FFCRA
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Source: The National Law Review