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LEGAL ALERT

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: New Family Leave and Sick Leave Obligations for Employers Signed into LawThe Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and goes into effect on April 2, 2020. This law is a financial aid package intended to address the Coronavirus outbreak.  It includes several employment-related provisions that affect all employers with fewer than 500 employees, including nonprofits.  Employers are required to provide family leave for public health emergencies and paid sick leave.  Employers have 15 days to determine how they will comply with the Act and start implementing it. They will also need to provide notice to employees of these new requirements through postings and policies.  While the Act provides the Department of Labor with the ability to issue regulations to exempt certain employers with fewer than 50 employees from the family leave requirements, please be aware that no such regulations have, as yet, been issued.  See this new Legal Alert for more information.