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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Effective April 1, 2020

March 26, 2020

Released By Employee Benefits of Virginia 

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leave available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020, with provisions applying through Dec. 31, 2020. FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with Family Leave Emergency Pay (amendments to FMLA) and Emergency Sick Pay (additions to FMLA).

Based on the language in the bill, the effective date was widely believed to be April 2, but it is in fact April 1. The DOL announced the effective date in a “Questions and Answers” document, where it also provided answers to some common questions. The DOL also released two fact sheets, both of which appear to contain the same information, but it’s possible they will each be updated in the future with information that is geared more toward employees or employers.

While the links above do not provide much new information, they are worth reviewing. We are still waiting on regulations from the DOL to answer many questions about how these leaves will be administered and how they will interact with other leaves.

For more detailed information, check out great synopsis from Williams Mullen. We will provide updates as they become available.

Brian Marks, CEBS, is founder and president of Employee Benefits of Virginia, a VSCPA preferred provider, in Glen Allen. He has more than 25 years of experience in employee benefits, 15 of which have been devoted to managing the employee benefits programs of the VSCPA. Contact him at [email protected].

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