DOL Issues Families First Coronavirus Response Act Paid Leave Notice

Author: Pat Kelly

Category: Human Resources


The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Specifically, the guidance states these provisions apply to employers with 500 or fewer employees for leave taken between April 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020. 

The Act includes two types of paid employee leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:

  • Expanded federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to provide workers with partially paid leave for childcare purposes. 
  • Up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for specific reasons caused by COVID-19, including the employee’s own COVID-19 illness. 

Distribution/ Requirements

  • The notice must be posted in “conspicuous places” at the workplace.
  • The model notice needs to be provided to each employee or new hire. It is not necessary to distribute the notice to employees who are laid off.
  • Employers with a significant portion of their workforce presently working remotely, the guidance clarifies that employers may satisfy the posting requirement for remote workers by: (1) emailing the notice to employees; (2) directly mailing the notice to employees; or (3) posting the notice on the employer’s internal or external website.

Questions, Answers and More Details

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has released a detailed Q & A, which employers may wish to share with employees.

About the Author

Pat Kelly

Posted in: Human Resources

Posted by Pat Kelly

Pat has been with Hausmann-Johnson Insurance since 2011, and has over 30 years of experience in employee benefits. He is passionate about building a relationship with clients beyond just being a product vendor. He forms client connections through honest communication, continuous education, and always doing what he says he is going to do. Pat works with employers of all sizes, and with both fully insured and self-funded medical clients, including defined contribution, HRA, HSA, and FSA. He also works with clients on their disability, life, dental and vision needs. Pat graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Recreational Resource Management. Pat was a UW Badger football player from 1976-1978, as well as a professional rugby league player in England and France from 1979-1980. He still loves being active year round and shares activities such as biking, skating, skiing and snowshoeing with his family.