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Employment and Labor Law
Author: Ruth Christy
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What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?
The Government has pledged a grant of 80% of pay for certain employees under a scheme known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – or, "furlough".
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), H.R. 6201, an emergency measure that directly imposes upon smaller employers both paid family leave and new paid sick leave obligations. After originating in the House late last week, the bill quickly passed both chambers of Congress and gained the White House’s approval. The measure will have a major impact on employers with fewer than 500 employees. Now that the legislation has been signed into law, its provisions become effective no later than 15 days after the Act is enacted and expire on December 31, 2020. Employers need to act swiftly to amend policies and train employees to ensure that employee leaves are administered in accordance with the new law.
Authors: Robert Boonin, Andrea Frailey, James Hermon
The U.S. Department of Labor seems to be working around the clock these days, and late on March 26 it added to its Q&As regarding the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”). In its responses to questions 15-37, the DOL examined issues such as teleworking, intermittent leave, and furloughs. The FFCRA goes into effect on April 1, 2020, so this additional guidance is welcome and just in the nick-of-time. Here are some highlights:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) includes the Paycheck Protection Program, a new initiative that makes it easier for eligible organizations to obtain loans through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) in order to keep operations running and retain employees.
As employers focus on taking the best steps to protect their workforce and their organization in light of the continued pandemic, the federal government has enacted two new laws imposing paid leave obligations on employers. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020 and effective April 1, 2020 (“FFCRA”), includes two paid leave provisions – the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act – which apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees (including non-profit organizations). Employers are not required to pay under both leaves at the same time, and are not required to allow employees to supplement paid leave under FFCRA with other paid leave programs, but may elect to do so.
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