This Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires that some employers provides paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave related to COVID-19, effective April 1 and through the remainder of 2020.  The Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor summarizes key employee rights under the FFCRA. It is essential that employers understand how these changes impact their businesses and how to properly account for, and apply, these added benefits.

According to a newly released document from the US Department of Labor, paid leave may include up to two weeks (80 hours, or a part-time employee’s two-week equivalent) of paid sick leave based on the higher of their regular rate of pay, or the applicable state or Federal minimum wage. Details can be found in the poster below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employers who need to consider this include those with 500 or fewer employees. However, businesses with 50 or fewer employees may be exempt. For more information, talk to your labor and employment attorney. For questions about how to implement this into your payroll system, please contact our team.