Here’s what you missed on our Facebook Live Chat. Plus, the DOL issues even MORE FFCRA guidance!!!


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What better way could there be to practice social distancing than with a Facebook Live session where we discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

Don’t answer that question.

If you missed the party on Friday, be sure to check out the recording either on The Employer Handbook Facebook page or The Employer Handbook YouTube channel.

Even MORE Department of Labor FFCRA guidance?

The DOL didn’t stop after April 1, when it issued the 124-page Final Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It followed that with a webinar on Friday. And here is a link to the slide deck. If you’re looking for a basic summary of the new law, by all means.

But, if you want to get into the nitty-gritty, then you need to head back to the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers, which the DOL has since updated.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Guidance on when employees can receive paid sick leave for a quarantine or isolation order
  • Whether an employee with COVID-19 symptoms can get paid sick leave without seeking a medical diagnosis
  • Paid sick leave eligibility when caring for someone who is quarantined
  • Information on the interplay of FFCRA and workers’ compensation

Plus, we get answers to some lingering questions, such as:

  • What are a “place of care” and a “child care provider”?
  • Is your child’s school closed when school is in session online?
  • Can you get paid sick leave when caring for someone else’s child?
  • What the heck is a “substantially similar condition” specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?
  • If I am a staffing company, how do I count internal workers and staffed workers under the FFCRA?
  • How much do I pay a seasonal employee with an irregular schedule for each day of paid sick leave?
  • May an employee take paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA on an employer-approved leave of absence?

So, yeah, I’m probably gonna have to do another Facebook Live session later in the week. But, I was also thinking about changing it up a bit and going local for a smaller-audience Zoom session for PA and NJ employers. What do you think about that?

Email me and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.



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