There is some initial employer guidance starting to come out from the Department of Labor (DOL) for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Until official guidance has been released by the DOL and other agencies, this new information (see below) offers resources to employers for managing and communicating the FFCRA provisions.

We are also following the proposed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that is currently working its way through Congress and will provide updates as they are available.

Today’s update includes new and updated resources for employers.


One key point that has been clarified by the DOL is that the FFCRA provisions are effective April 1, 2020, and they will apply to leaves taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

An updated United Benefit Advisors (UBA) FFCRA Compliance Memo is attached with more information.


The Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the Wage and Hour Division website to include a COVID-19 and the American Workplace page:

This page has links to Employer and Employee Fact Sheets, several FAQ documents, and the Employee Rights Poster outlining the Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the FFCRA.


ThinkHR has prepared an FAQ document based on questions received during their recent webinar. The document is separated into sections for the FFCRA leaves, Health and Safety, Making Working from Home Work, and Furloughs & Layoffs.


UBA recently recorded a webinar presented by Fisher Philips along with an FAQ session.

PLEASE NOTE: The presentation was recorded on March 24 before the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its guidance late in the day. Based on the DOL guidance, as of March 25th, the new law will go into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Currently, the DOL guidance is just that – “guidance.” The DOL still must issue implementing regulations.

The recordings are available at the links below.

Presentation Recording                     Q&A Recording