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While you were busy partying at home like it’s 1999 (cue music) or on Zoom with friends, or playing socially-distanced Cards Against Humanity, or whatever it is that HR folks do to let off a year of scalding-hot steam, the U.S. Department of Labor was staying busy at work on New Year’s Eve.

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I love my blog readers, but clients get the concierge treatment with daily blog posts and weekly email updates. Last night’s client email update included the news that President Trump had just signed the legislation about which I blogged here and here last week.

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Remember yesterday, when I told you that the House had passed a bipartisan bill that would allow businesses to voluntarily provide Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave in Q1 of 2021? And then the Senate approved the same measure by a 92-8 vote.

And all that was left was for President Trump to sign this monster 5,593-page bill into law.

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

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Consider this simple set of facts:

  1.  Employee injures his knee;
  2.  Employee requests FMLA leave;
  3.  Employer says no because the FMLA leave would coincide with the employee’s hunting trip;
  4.  Employee takes leave anyway; and
  5.  Employer fires employee upon his return to work.

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