NLBMDA Member Alert - DOL Announces First Guidance on Paid Leave

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about requirements for emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As a reminder, the FFCRA requires all employers with fewer than 500 employees to offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave for absences related to COVID-19.

Requirements are subject to 30-day non-enforcement period for good faith compliance efforts.

You can find a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and Questions and Answers documents on our webpage COVID-19 Resource Center.

Guidance includes:

  • How an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage;
  • How small businesses can obtain an exemption;
  • How to count hours for part-time employees;
  • How to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

Labor Department Asks for Input on Paid Leave Implementation

The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting an online dialogue on implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The online portal allows employers and employees an opportunity to offer their perspective as the department develops compliance assistance materials related to the implementation of the. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 29. Click here to submit input.

Small Business Administration Loan Program

Finally, we would like to direct those companies that are interested to visit the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program website. The program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for an overview of the SBA.

If you have questions or information about developments, please reach out to Kevin McKenney, NLBMDA Director of Government Affairs at

Please note these updates do not constitute legal advice. Information contained may be subject to interpretation and companies should consult with their own counsel.

NLBMDA 3/25/2020

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