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|IMMEDIATE DEADLINE - April 1 Families First Coronavirus Response ACT (FFCRA)|
IMMEDIATE DEADLINE - April 1 Families First Coronavirus Response ACT (FFCRA)
This is an NPA Issue Alert prepared with the assistance of NPA Legal Counsel Michael Stevens of Arent Fox LLP. Immediate deadline imminent for compliance with healthcare coverage related to COVID-19. Forward this message to your Chief Human Resources Officer.
On March 26, 2020, U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.
The new guidance includes two new posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under this new law.
It also includes questions and answers about posting requirements, and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy provided that the employer has made reasonable, good faith efforts to comply with the Act. The new guidance addresses critical issues such as whether employers may post required notice electronically, whether employers must provide notice of this law to recently laid-off individuals, when FFCRA applies to federal workers and when enforcement of the new rules will begin.
According to the WHD, “FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees tax credits to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.”
The guidance supplements information WHD published earlier in the week, including a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document, all of which are very helpful. According to the WHD, additional guidance will be forthcoming.
NPA members, be sure to visit WeAreParking.org for the latest updates and to access free members resources, as we navigate the crisis. Sign up for Peer calls weekly and for timely issue briefings and webinars, free for members.
Christine Banning, IOM, CAE