The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was enacted as HR 6201 and signed into law on March 18th, 2020. The Act consists of three divisions which are relevant to the provision of family and medical and sick leave and providing for tax credits in connection with the mandatory family and medical and

Overnight, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division posted additional answers to pressing questions regarding leave issues under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  These Q&As address a number of recurring employer questions.

Documentation.  One of the topics addressed by the DOL includes required documentation to support the need for leave (which the

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, by a vote of 90 to 8, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 6201 – the coronavirus paid leave bill.  The bill had bipartisan support and the support of both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the President.  President Trump signed the bill into law shortly after passage.

The House originally

Employees who experience a “COBRA-qualifying event” and would otherwise lose group health coverage are entitled to elect to continue their group health coverage under federal law – COBRA.  For those employers not covered by COBRA (who have fewer than 20 employees), Louisiana has a group health insurance continuation statute that also allows employees to continue

After midnight on March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, a 110 page, bipartisan coronavirus response bill.  The House approved the bill on a 363-40 vote and has President Trump’s support.  Included in the bill are comprehensive mandated paid leave provisions related to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Senate is expected to

Responses to the coronavirus that directly impact employers are making their way through Congress.  CBS and other news outlets are reporting on Congressional leaders’ negotiations regarding various measures that will directly impact employers.  These measures include paid emergency sick leave and disaster unemployment assistance.  See the attached link from CBS News regarding the Congressional response

Bloomberg Law and the Tampa Bay Times reported that Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced the he would soon release proposed federal legislation creating paid family leave.  No details regarding the proposed legislation were released.  The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (or as its commonly known – the FMLA) established a federal system for

On Thursday, March 26, 2015 a U.S. District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction, staying the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) final rule that would expand certain leave protections for same-sex couples under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. § 2611

Even if you are using the most current model FMLA forms from the U.S. Department of Labor, some of those forms “expire” at the end of February. When an employee advises his or her employer of the need (or possible need) for FMLA-qualifying leave, the employer must timely provide the employee with a “Notice of