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Mar 31 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

DOL continues to issue and change informal FFCRA guidance

As we previously reported, the Department of Labor (DOL) has begun issuing informal guidance surrounding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) via an ever-expanding and changing set of questions and answers on the paid leave that is available beginning April 1, 2020. We’re hoping the DOL will issue actual rules…

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Mar 27 2020
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WASHINGTON: Paid Family and Medical Leave law amended

On March 25, 2020, Governor Inslee signed an amendment to the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) program (SHB 2614). This bill doesn’t have anything to do with the current pandemic. Instead, it makes technical corrections to the WPFML program, to ensure the intent of the original bill is intact. The…

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Mar 27 2020
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New mandatory poster available

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – FAQs, the FFCRA poster must be provided to employees and new hires by the effective date of the law, which the DOL now says is April 1, 2020. This posting requirement only applies to covered employers, and would…

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Mar 27 2020
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DOL says FFCRA is effective April 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has established April 1, 2020, as the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The law stated that it would “take effect not later than 15 days after the date of enactment,” which would mean April 2, 2020, at the latest. Apparently the DOL…

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Mar 27 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Small employers now need to learn about FMLA administration

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which goes into effect April 1, 2020, expands the definitions of eligible employee and covered employer under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in a way that will affect employers who previously were too small to be covered by the FMLA.…

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Mar 24 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

WASHINGTON: Seattle expands Paid Sick and Safe Time

On March 16, 2020, the Seattle City Council passed an amendment to Seattle’s Paid Sick and Paid Safe Time (PSST) law which expands the available reasons for leave, inspired by caregiver shortages and workplace closures caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus). The amendment became effective immediately on March 16, 2020, with no expiration…

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Mar 24 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Reminder: Not all workers get new federal leave

Employers with 500 or more workers companywide may want to communicate to their workers that the recently-passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) may not apply to them. As we previously reported, the FFCRA will allow eligible workers to take paid sick leave and/or family leave for certain COVID-19 (coronavirus)-related…

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Mar 24 2020
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Q&A: New federal leave related to COVID-19 doesn’t apply to layoffs

Question: If we have to shut down our business because of a government mandate related to COVID-19, will our workers be eligible for the new federal emergency paid sick leave and paid emergency family and medical leave? Answer: Probably not, based on the text of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act…

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Mar 21 2020
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COVID-19: Q&A’s with our Vigilant Law Group employment attorneys

Employer questions continue as federal and state restrictions increase In recent days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases has dramatically increased, as have government-imposed restrictions to contain its spread. Not surprisingly, the rapid changes have caused great concern among employers that are trying to keep their workers employed while also…

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Mar 20 2020
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Employer questions continue as federal and state restrictions increase

In recent days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases has dramatically increased, as have government-imposed restrictions to contain its spread. Not surprisingly, the rapid changes have caused great concern among employers that are trying to keep their workers employed while also keeping them safe. We previously provided answers to…

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