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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: How employers can prevent and prepare for coronavirus

We have updated the "Insurance and employee benefit considerations" section of this article, and we will continue to make updates as they become available. While the headlines about COVID-19 may be alarming, employers can be proactive by taking a calm and practical approach to mitigate and respond to the unique risks the pandemic continues to pose to their organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance to help employers respond to COVID-19. Employers should be prepared to prevent infection from entering and spreading in their organizations as well as to answer employee questions about the organization’s readiness plan and how their health plan coverage and other employee benefits will address their needs during this pandemic.