The United States Department of Labor has announced it will suspend active enforcement of the paid sick leave and paid FMLA provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act for a month as long employers act reasonably and in good faith to comply with the law.

In keeping with our mission to provide you timely updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on employers, we are attaching a news release from the Department of Labor that provides detailed information for employers regarding implementation of, and reimbursement for, the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

In Virginia, the Governor has waived the one-week waiting period for out-of-work employees to access state unemployment funds. A worker may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if they have been laid off or experienced a reduction in hours because:

The EEOC has issued guidance on what employers can and cannot do to protect their workforce and clientele from coronavirus. Typically, an employer covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act cannot conduct or require employees to submit to a medical examination as a condition of employment unless the examination is job-related and consistent with business necessity.

This is a stressful and confusing time for all of us, both personally and professionally. The official response to the COVID-19 pandemic is moving quickly at both the state and national level. Please find our latest guidance below. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions and concerns.

At the federal level, Congress is moving quickly to limit the financial consequences this crisis is bound to have on American workers. On Saturday, March 14th the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, after negotiations with the White House.

The Virginia General Assembly recently approved a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage. If signed by Governor Northam, most Virginia workers will earn at least $9.50 per hour beginning on January 1, 2021.