CORONAVIRUS CRISIS: NAVIGATING THROUGH HIGH TIDE OF THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

Community News | April 07, 2020

Merci to FACC Councillor Member, Robin Foret of The Foret Law Firm for keeping us updated with this article summarizing many of the important Department of Labor Regulations related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


By: Robin Foret

Date: 3/7/20

Purpose and Duration On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or the “ACT”), an emergency measure in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Act became effective on April 1, 2020, and is scheduled to automatically expire on December 31, 2020. The Act is essentially comprised of two separate statutory provisions that are both enforced by the Department of Labor (“DOL”): (1) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) that is enforced through the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). See 29 C.F.R Part 826.20 et seq.; and (2) the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”) that is enforced as an extension of the FMLA. See 29 U.S.C. § 2601. et seq.

• City of Dallas Ordinance – Employers in the City of Dallas should be aware that in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the implementation of the FFCRA, the Dallas Sick Leave Law has at least for now, been suspended so that employers should comply with the Act instead.

To continue reading about The Act, please find the complete PDF document at the link: here