By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory & legal issues, ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) March 24 released updated guidance documents regarding expanded sick time and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements under the emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The fact sheets and FAQs explain when employees qualify for additional leave, and the duration of time that must be given. Please see:

DOL’s COVID-19 and the American Workplace

ARTBA’s Legislative Summary of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

DOL announced that it will enforce the FFCRA on a “good faith” basis through April 17. This means employers will not be prosecuted under the act if they are trying to comply with the law and rectify any missteps. DOL also issued a downloadable model notice poster for employers. The FFCRA requires all covered employers to provide notice of the Act’s protections to their employees.

Submit comments or questions

Additional information on the FFCRA is expected soon. DOL is soliciting information from regulated industries on additional issues for the agency to address in future updates. I am compiling a list of questions from ARTBA members for submission to the agency.  Please contact me by Sunday, March 29, at to suggest topics for DOL to address. Or submit your thoughts directly to DOL.