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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. One of those reasons is when an employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis. Continue reading


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A client emailed me yesterday asking if I’d read about the new COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for travelers to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Specifically, the client asked whether they could trigger a need to provide leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Maybe your state has similar restrictions, and you’re looking for answers too.

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued this Field Assistance Bulletin. It addresses when employees can take Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave based on the closure of summer camps, summer enrichment programs, and other summer programs. Continue reading


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On Friday, my friend, Jeff Nowak, blogged at his FMLA Insights blog about whether an employee may take FMLA leave during a furlough?

And that got me re-thinking a question that he and I had discussed before, namely, can an employer and employee agree to a furlough instead of providing the employee with leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act? Continue reading

No burying the lede today. Join me and an extra special guest for a Facebook Live HR/COVID-19 chat this Friday at 2 PM EDT / 11 AM PDT. It will be here over at The Employer Handbook Facebook Page.

Who is this special guest? Want a hint? I grew up not that far from this person. Continue reading

Yesterday, in part two of the “types of COVID-19 lawsuits that employers can expect” series, I wrote here about a Families First Coronavirus Response Act lawsuit. An employee-plaintiff alleged that her former employer interfered with and retaliated against her for exercising her rights under the FFCRA.

Today’s lawsuit is a little less vanilla.

Ok, a lot less. Continue reading

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