MMA to host call on compliance resources for Federal Paid Leave Mandate

MMA will host another conference call in partnership with Honigman LLP on Monday, 3/30/20, at 10:15 a.m. ET to help members comply with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which goes into effect 4/1/20. The new law expands the Family Medical Leave Act to all companies with fewer than 500 employees in the case of certain “qualified needs” related to COVID-19 and requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide Paid Sick Leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. The cost to employers for both of these programs will be offset through tax credits.

Attendees may dial-in with the following information:

  • 877-746-4263
  • Access Code 0284902#

About the Speaker
Matthew Radler is a labor and employment attorney who focuses his practice on wage and hour matters, counseling clients on compliance with an array of federal, state and municipal laws governing wages, working conditions and civil rights. (Read full bio.)

Background
Earlier this week, the US Department of Labor issued guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which requires employers with 500 or fewer employees to provide paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Additional guidance will be released in the coming weeks but this initial round provides some insight on the law, including:

  • The requirements of the act will go into effect on April 1, 2020.
  • The Act will not apply retroactively. The leave requirements effective 4/1/20 are on top of any paid leave provided prior to that date.
  • The Department will be focusing on compliance assistance in the initial 30 days that the Act is effective. So long as an employer has acted reasonably and in good faith to comply with the Act, there will not be an enforcement action for violations.

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