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New Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act Interim Guidance: Exemptions for Small Business, Health Care Workers, and First Responders
New Department of Labor Families First
Coronavirus Response Act Interim Guidance
Exemptions for Small Business,
Health Care Workers, and First Responders
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) just released new guidance on The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)’s partial exemption for small businesses with under 50 employees. Also, there are certain employers who may exclude specific employees from coverage, and DOL has identified which employers are considered health care providers and emergency responders.
The FFCRA includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.
DOL Issues Additional Guidance On Employer Responsibilities Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
DOL ISSUES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON
EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE FAMILIES
FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the bi-partisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which contains several provisions to provide aid to individuals who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, the Act provides free coronavirus testing, enhanced unemployment benefits, additional funds for Medicaid and nutritional programs, and protection for health care workers and employees responsible for cleaning at-risk places.
The Department of Labor issued the Families First Coronavirus Act poster this morning.
All covered employers must post this notice today in a conspicuous place along with its other employment law posters. If you do electronic posting of other employment posters, you may also post this poster electronically. Covered employers must also provide the Notice to new hires, either by email, direct mail, or by posting this notice on the premises or on an employee information internal or external website. The DOL also issued guidance stating that the leave requirements are effective April 1, 2020.
You can download and print the poster here, or preview it below.
USCIS ISSUES NEW FORM I-9
ALL EMPLOYERS MUST USE NEW FORM BY APRIL 30, 2020
On January 31, 2020, USCIS issued a new version of the Form I-9. All employers must use the new Form I-9 by April 30, 2020.
The newest version of the Form I-9 is dated 10/21/2019 in the bottom left corner, with the expiration date of 10/31/2022 in the top left. Employers can use either the 07/17/17 or the 10/21/2019 Form I-9 through April 30, 2020.
The Importance of Fully Completing the I-9 Form
*As of 1/31/20, there is a new I-9 Form. Click here for more information.*
Employers must verify that they have a fully complete I-9 for each employee. ICE has increased I-9 audits to record levels, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of national origin or citizenship. Companies must walk a fine line between the verification requirements to avoid knowingly hiring or continuing to employ an individual who is not authorized to work in the United States and the prohibition against discrimination.
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