The Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs: The FMLA Amendments and Paid Sick Leave Requirements of the New Law

On March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19. Among other fiscal packages, the act does three things: (1) expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) temporarily (until the end of December 2020) to cover leave needed for the care of children out of school because of COVID-19 and also makes weeks 3 through 12 of its effective period paid leave; (2) creates 2 weeks of paid sick leave for childcare and other leave related to the coronavirus; and (3) provides for tax credits related to the paid leave provisions created by the act.

Slow Creep of FMLA Expansion Continues

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) used the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) 20th   anniversary to issue federal regulations implementing statutory changes to the law, a new poster, and three new certification forms: Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave (Form WH-384) Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a…..