The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event, and businesses are adapting to new and unexpected circumstances. Recent legislation has been enacted to assist both employers and employees. Specifically, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has been passed provide paid leave for employees at businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
For more information, visit our COVID-19 response page and our COVID-19 legislation page.
Additionally, to assist you in familiarizing yourself with FFCRA, which took effect April 1, we are sharing the HR Trends podcast produced by Unum Group, of which Colonial Life is a subsidiary.
In this two-part series — Ellen McCann, Legal Counsel at Unum, details how the FFCRA impacts small businesses, as well as the Department of Labor’s guidance on this new legislation.
Specifically, you’ll learn about:
• The two key components of the law
o Emergency Paid Sick Leave
o Emergency FMLA
• Employee eligibility for Emergency FMLA and how it differs from traditional FMLA
• How the law defines employees to determine, if you as a company, employ 500 or fewer people
• Furloughed employee eligibility
• What happens if your business is closed
• How Emergency FMLA can be combined with PTO and corporate leave
You can find the HR Trends podcast here, and we encourage you to listen.
Colonial Life remains committed to partnering with employers across the country to help them and their employees get through this challenging time. Stay well.