Sick Leave laws & HR compliance analysis

Sick Leave: What you need to know

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act or FFCRA) became law when President Donald Trump signed it on March 18, 2020, and it became effective on April 1, 2020. The Act builds on an $8.3 billion emergency COVID-19 spending package enacted into law on March 6, 2020, to address the immediate public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadly, these provisions include, but are not limited to, the following: emergency paid sick leave; emergency/expanded family and medical leave; unemployment benefits; and free coronavirus testing.
The Act modifies U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food assistance and nutrition programs to allow certain waivers to requirements for school meal programs, suspend the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program), and allow states to request waivers to provide certain emergency SNAP benefits. In addition, the Act requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard that requires certain employers to develop and implement a comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plan to protect healthcare workers.
The Act also includes provisions that establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak, expand unemployment benefits and provide grants to states for processing and paying claims, require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, establish requirements for providing coronavirus diagnostic testing at no cost to consumers, treat personal respiratory protective devices as covered countermeasures that are eligible ...

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