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Labor Department Provides Questions, Answers on Virus Response Act

May 5, 2020, 3:37 PM

Additional guidance on the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act recently was released by Labor Department.

The FFCRA, which was enacted March 18, makes funding available to private-sector businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid sick leave and family and medical leave related to COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

A list of frequently asked questions and answers from the department totals 88 and also discusses the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

Topics discussed on the list include basic definitions, eligibility, coverage requirements, teleworking, and enforcement.

Two facts sheets, one for employers and one for employees, also is available from the department, along with a Field Assistance Bulletin that describes the Wage and Hour Division’s 30-day nonenforcement policy.

The department plans to update the FAQs as needed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Trimarchi in Washington at mtrimarchi@bloombergtax.com

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