Coronavirus Weekly HR Update: March 27, 2020


Each week, we’ll be compiling the top headlines and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts your company and workforce. 

April 1— Families First Coronavirus Response Act Effective Date

The Department of Labor announced earlier this week that the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA are effective April 1, 2020 — not April 2 as originally communicated. 

The announcement was included in a preliminary “Questions & Answers” page released on Tuesday to address some preliminary compliance questions raised by employers.

Official regulations regarding the new laws are yet to be released by the DOL. Download your Free Guide To Paid Leave Under The Coronavirus Response Act here. 

$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Friday, Congress approved a historic package to aid Americans, Businesses, and Hospitals affected by the Coronavirus. Now, the package will go to the President for final signature. 

Key highlights for employers include:

  • Money for US residents
  • Money for small businesses
  • Expanded unemployment benefits
  • Tax credits for small businesses

Read more about how the stimulus package affects employers here 

Department of Labor Releases Required FFCRA Poster

Part of the Families First Coronavirus Act states that employers post a notice to all employees if they are covered by the paid sick leave and expanded family leave provisions.  The Department of Labor has not announced a date by which employers must comply but it is assumed that there is no need to post prior to the April 1 effective date. 

A copy of the poster can be found on the DOL website here. The agency also released a “Questions and Answers” page regarding the notice. 

Guidance on Suspension of California WARN Act 

The Department of Industrial Relations released guidance on the conditional suspension of the act addressed in an Executive Order by Governor Newsom on March 17. 

The suspension will remain in effect through the end of the state of emergency declared as a due to COVID-19.

Read more about the WARN Act suspension



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