DOL Clarifies Exemptions to Coronavirus Paid Leave Laws

Posted by Ed Purcell on March 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) that address 
exemptions to the paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act 
(FFCRA). The FFCRA requires covered employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or  expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

The FFCRA includes an exemption for small businesses and an exemption for certain types of 
employees:
  • Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for an exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.
  • Employers of health care providers or emergency responders are not required to provide these types of employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA.
The DOL’s FAQs on these exemptions address:

•     When the small business exemption applies.
•     Who   constitutes a “health care provider” or “emergency responder" who may be excluded from paid sick leave and/or expanded family and medical leave.

This attached Compliance Bulletin includes the DOL’s FAQs on the FFCRA’s exemptions.
 
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About the author Ed Purcell

Ed Purcell leads the employee benefits consulting arm of Cleveland-based Armada Risk Partners, an all risk insurance brokerage. As a Senior Vice President and founder, he focuses his counsel on assisting small and middle market employers when developing and executing innovative and cost-efficient employee benefit strategies.