Today the Department of Labor (DOL) updated the required poster that employers subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (those with fewer than 500 employees) must place on their premises to satisfy their employees of the rights requirement under the Act. The update corrects the 10 weeks of paid sick leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act expansion cap amount to $10,000.
Since a vast majority of employees are now working remotely, the DOL has advised that employers may satisfy the standard notice requirement of hanging the poster in a conspicuous place on the employer’s premises (i.e., a kitchen, breakroom or other accessible area) by emailing, or directly mailing, the notice to employees, or by posting the notice on the employer’s internal or external website. Employers that are not fully remote must also post the notice. Similarly, employers who are currently all remote must remember to post the notice once in-office operations resume.
Employers may obtain a free copy of the updated poster by either contacting the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division at 1-866-4-USWAGE (1-866-487-9243), or by downloading the updated notice, which can be found here. Employers should check the DOL website for potential additional updates to the poster. In addition to the poster itself, the DOL issued a “Frequently Asked Questions,” which can be found here.
Employers must post the notice on or before April 1, 2020, the enactment date established by the DOL.
For more information on the Act please visit Reed Smith’s dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.