By: Michelle D. Patrick, Esq.
On March 18th, 2020 the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (“FFCRA”) was signed into law. The goal of the FFCRA is to provide relief to workers during this unprecedented pandemic. Essentially, the FFCRA requires that covered employers, private employers with less than 500 employees and government employers, provide covered employees with emergency sick and/or Family and Medical Leave Act leave (“FMLA”) leave if they are unable to work due to COVID-19 illness or restrictions. For example, the FFCRA applies to an employee caring for a child whose school or daycare has been closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Please note that exemptions from the FFCRA include health care providers and those employing emergency responders. Small businesses with less than 50 employees may also qualify for an exemption based on the viability of the business.
The FFCRA takes effect April 2, 2020 and will expire on December 31, 2020.