Persons who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic may be eligible for family and/or sick leave under federal or state legislation
On March 18, 2020, the federal government enacted The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”), a stimulus plan aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact on the American workforce. The FFCRA expanded the scope of The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) and introduced a temporary new federal paid sick leave law. The FFCRA imposes obligations on all employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide temporary paid family and sick leave to employees impacted by the pandemic. It also provides a payroll tax credit for 100% of the wages and compensation paid by covered employers with respect to FFCRA leave. In contrast, New York State’s recently-enacted emergency paid family and sick leave regulations apply to all employers regardless of size.
Both the FFCRA and New York regulations contain sunset provisions: the paid sick leave and family leave benefits under the FFCRA will expire on December 31, 2020, and the New York regulations will expire upon the termination of any mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Please Click Here to view a client advisory explaining the scope and application of the FFCRA. We will continue to monitor these matters closely, and will provide updates as new information is provided. If you have any questions about small business relief from COVID-19, please contact Jeanne Solomon, Esq. - firstname.lastname@example.org or Zach Seelenfreund, Esq. - email@example.com.