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Labor Department Releases FFCRA Regulations 


April 11, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) helps the United States combat the workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave for specified reasons related to Covid-19.

The law enables 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 Department’s Wage and Hour Division administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA.The Department promulgated regulations to implement public health emergency leave under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and emergency paid sick leave to assist working families facing public health emergencies arising out of the Covid-19 global pandemic. The leave provisions are created by a time-limited statutory authority established under the FFCRA and are set to expire on December 31, 2020. The temporary rule was operational on April 1, 2020 and is effective from April 2, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  On April 10, 2020 the Department published a correction in the Federal Register to make certain technical corrections to the regulatory text and preamble of the temporary rule.

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