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News and Analysis from Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment Practice

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) is effective today, April 1. In honor of this undoubtedly daunting occasion for employers with less than 500 employees, we analyze the most significant provisions from the Department of Labor’s updated FAQs, which fill in gaping holes in the legislation that left employers (and counsel) puzzled.  For employers with fewer than 50 employees, we also examine recent DOL guidance on the “small business exemption” and identify the…
Illinois and other states are now on the second week of the extraordinary executive orders colloquially referred to as the “shelter in place” or “stay-at-home” orders.  Illinois’ version, COVID-19 Executive Order 8 (the “Order”), was issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker on March 20, 2020, is effective through at least April 7, 2020, but will likely be extended.  The requirements of the Order, and the practical takeaways from it for employers struggling to remain open for…
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued the first round of guidance regarding the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). This guidance includes: Fact Sheet for EmployersFact Sheet for Employees; and Questions and Answers.  Although much of the DOL’s guidance echoes what we already knew (or guessed) about the FFCRA, the DOL did address some issues that employers have been grappling with since its enactment last week. Below…
Not to be upstaged by the President, and just as the Senate was voting on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (“FFRCA”), New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law paid sick leave legislation to mandate paid sick leave and provide job protection for ALL New York employees, including those who are quarantined or ordered to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19. There are two major distinctions between the FFCRA and the…
On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), which creates the Family Medical Leave Expansion Act and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act in order to provide protections for employees who need to take leave during the COVID-19 health crisis. Employers should be prepared for the below provisions to take effect on April 1, 2020.  Below is a brief summary of the salient points of these new laws and the…
On March 18, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by a vote of 90-8. The Senate did not make any further changes to the House-passed bill, meaning it will be sent to President Trump for his signature The bill (including “technical corrections”) previously passed by the House will institute free coronavirus testing, establish paid leave policies, enhance Unemployment Insurance, expand food security initiatives, and increase federal Medicaid funding A House Appropriations Committee…
On the evening of Monday, March 16, the House amended the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) (HR 6201) by amending the bill with what are being called “technical corrections.” The previous bill, passed by the House on March 14, contained two main centerpieces: (1) new paid Family and Medical Leave to deal with the COVID-19 “public health emergency”; and (2) emergency paid sick leave. The previous version of the bill, which we reported on here
JOIN US: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM EST Employers are in uncharted territory with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created complicated employment issues that continue to evolve by the hour. Join Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment co-chairs Barbara Hoey and Mark Konkel and senior associate Diana Hamar as they share practical advice for employers looking to keep employees SAFE and CALM, while also keeping their BUSINESS FUNCTIONING. Topics will include sick leave and…