It's April 1, 2020! Do You Have Your FFCRA Poster Up?

The new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act ("EPSLA") and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Extension Act ("EFMLEA") provide employees of small businesses (defined as fewer than 500 employees) with temporary leave benefits for COVID-19 related reasons. These leave benefits took effect on April 1, 2020 and currently are set to expire at the end of 2020. They are part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") signed by the President on March 18, 2020.

Like many such laws, covered employers are required to post a notice of employees' rights under these new laws. The Wage-Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has developed two posters for employers to use.

Here is the poster that you should use if you are a private-sector employer with fewer than 500 employees:

There is a separate poster for the Federal government to use in notifying federal employees of their rights under the FFCRA:

Covered employers must post the applicable poster in conspicuous places at on the employer's premises where notices to employees are customarily posted. If you're a covered employer, make sure you have done at least this!

The harder task for covered employers will be learning the new FFCRA regulations, which were issued on the April 1, 2020 effective date of the EPSLA and EFMLEA. No, this was not an April Fools' Day prank. Stay tuned for more information.