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COVID-19 Employment & Labor Law Updates

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DOL Issues Families First Coronavirus Response Act Guidance 

By William D. Edwards, Stephanie E. Harley, and Jonathan King

March 26, 2020 – Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued new guidance regarding the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) that the president signed into law on March 18, 2020. The paid leave provisions of the FFCRA include the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”). For more information, see Ulmer’s client alert and webinar for a detailed summary of the EFMLEA and EPSLA.

The DOL’s new guidance includes the following documents:

Importantly, this new guidance does not take the place of the regulations that the DOL is expected to publish in the near future.

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On-Demand Webinar Now Available: Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Act 

Hosted By William D. Edwards, Stephanie E. Harley, and Adam R. Watowicz

March 20, 2020 – Ulmer’s recent webinar on understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act hosted by Ulmer attorneys William D. Edwards, Stephanie E. Harley, and Adam R. Watowicz is now available to watch on demand.

During the webinar, the attorneys discuss the employment, labor, and tax implications of the Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on March 18. Following the initial presentation, Bill, Stephanie, and Adam conducted an extensive Q&A session, receiving nearly 300 questions and answering as many as time allowed.

Click here to view the webinar. 

Our attorneys will continue to monitor this situation, and will send out updates as they become available. If you have additional questions, please reach out to our Labor & Employment and Tax attorneys, who stand at the ready to help you navigate these important issues.


President Trump Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act Into Law

By William D. Edwards, Stephanie E. Harley, and Adam R. Watowicz

March 18, 2020 – Our federal government has moved swiftly to provide certainty to American employers and workers about how to handle absences necessitated by the coronavirus. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act contains two main provisions that address employee absences – the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”). The following is a summary of the major employment and tax issues addressed by each:

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

The EFMLEA provides expanded coverage under the FMLA for situations related to the coronavirus. This law becomes effective on April 2, 2020, 15 days after President Trump signed it into law, and will remain in place until December 31, 2020.

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