(from NBOA) The Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed that guidance related to the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) issued on Friday, September 11 will not change before going into effect on Wednesday, September 16, when the new temporary rule will be published. Of four changes to the FFCRA, only one significantly impacts independent schools. The requirement that employees give employers supporting information for their FFCRA leave prior to going out on leave has been amended. When giving prior notice is impractical, such as when an employee gets sick, it is not required. See below for more information.
The FFCRA was signed into law on March 18 of this year and provides paid emergency leave to many workers who are affected by COVID-19. It remains in effect until December 31 of this year. In early April, the DOL published a temporary rule and several corrections to it, which provided a framework for the implementation of FFCRA leave options. In mid-April, the State of New York filed suit in the U.S. District Court challenging parts of the temporary rule, and in early August, the court ruled that four parts of the temporary rule are invalid. As a result, the DOL has issued a new temporary rule to clarify/correct those parts that were ruled invalid.
The new temporary rule addresses the following parts of FFCRA implementation. The final change is the one most relevant to independent schools.
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