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It only took me two bottles of NoDoz and a Five Hour Energy chaser to get through the CARES Act, that 880-page behemoth that the Senate passed on Wednesday night. Continue reading

The President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18, 2020. In Section 5103 of the FFCRA (right here in the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act section), it says that “[n]ot later than 7 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall make publicly available a model of a notice that meets the requirements of [the Act].”

Yesterday, on March 25, 2020, we got the notice.

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I can’t help but notice that many of you are confused about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. A few of you with whom I have communicated have been getting different answers to the same question from different employment lawyers. And I know how frustrating that can be.

Today, I want to help clear up some confusion for you.

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In the past several days, many states have issued stay-at-home orders. Here is a list of them from CNN.

These orders vary, and no one is literally locked in their homes. But, the gist is that affected citizens should stay at home unless they need to venture out to get food, obtain medicine, or work for employers that provide essential services. New Jersey is one of these states — shocking, I know — that has issued a stay-at-home order.

So, what would happen if your local business forced an NJ resident to come to work against the individual’s wishes?

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To be honest, I expected that if I ever made the marquee, it would be for other reasons. Like being an animated co-star in a reboot of The Simpsons Movie.

But, I’m a little punchy from reading literally 500-1000 reader questions for today’s chat, so I’ll take what I can get. Continue reading

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But, first, thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday for the Facebook Live / Zoom chat to discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other COVID-19 workplace issues. ICYMI, we did record the session. I’ve got audio here and my handsome talking mug here.

I’ll schedule another chat sesh once the House Bill advances through the Senate (which hasn’t happened yet, but maybe today), and President Trump signs it. Continue reading

Over the weekend, we got news that federal emergency paid sick leave is coming, with significant changes to FMLA too. Yesterday, I broke it down in plain English for you.

Today at noon Eastern, I’m going on Facebook Live (here) and, by reader request, Zoom (here, limited space available) to answer some of your questions about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

But, speaking of timing, when the heck might this House bill become law? Continue reading

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What a week it was! I spent it providing coronavirus counseling out the wazoo, while reading more COVID-19 legal updates than I thought were possible, including me posting on Saturday. Saturday!?!

But, ICYMI, just after midnight on Saturday, the House passed a revised version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act with approval from President Trump. Federal emergency FMLA and paid sick leave are practically here.

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