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Emergency paid sick leave and FMLA leave under the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act"

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) includes provisions for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL), Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) expansion, and employer tax credits to offset paying for the above benefits. Because the EPSL and EFMLA are separate and distinct benefits, it’s important to track and analyze each leave allotment separately. Preliminary guidance was issued by the DOL and IRS on March 20, and the DOL issued further guidance on March 24 addressing several important issues, such as that the law’s correct effective date is now April 1 (not April 2 as many people previously assumed), how to determine the number of employees, and how to calculate the amount you must pay an employee taking EPSL or EFMLA. We will continue to make updates as new information becomes available. Click the link to review our updated article with the most current information.

Religious accommodations and minimal burdens: Finding the middle ground

Religious accommodations are becoming more common in the workplace as businesses become more diverse. Where possible, employers are effectively navigating their employees’ requests and still maintaining productive workplaces. But this often requires a bit of creativity and thinking outside the box.

Updated: COVID-19: Employment law and human resources

You will find updates throughout this Q&A where indicated, as well as two new questions at the bottom of the list. We will continue to alert you to updates as new information becomes available. As employers respond to COVID-19 crisis, they are urged to rely upon the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and local agencies in determining strategies and common sense steps to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission. In addition, employers should regularly check for updates in the guidance, as the situation continues to rapidly evolve and previously published guidance will be updated regularly.