Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Answering Your Most Pressing Questions About Paid Leave and Employee Benefits

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As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues and new legislation is passed, organizations are called upon to quickly understand this rapidly changing landscape and adapt to how it impacts day-to-day operations.  At Practical Law, our objective is to support you and your organization as we navigate this complicated and evolving environment together.

Practical Law Attorney Editors from our Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation teams provided details on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and respond to pressing questions received during our previous webcast, Legal Considerations in Responding to COVID-19 . Key topics included:

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Paid Family & Medical Leave Expansion Acts under FFCRA:

  • Scope of coverage
  • Qualifying reasons for leave
  • Leave duration and pay
  • Intersection with existing FMLA leave, state paid sick leave laws, and state & local emergency measures
  • Effective date and enforcement guidance
  • Counting employees, retroactivity, and more ...

Health and Welfare topics such as:

  • New coverage mandate for COVID-19 testing, applicable to group health plans and health insurers
  • High-deductible health plan (HDHP) issues
  • Payroll tax credit requirements
  • HIPAA Privacy considerations
  • Telemedicine and more … 

Barbara Harris
Senior Legal Editor for Labor & Employment
Thomson Reuters

Barbara Harris joined Practical Law in 2014 with more than 25 years of experience in law firm practice. Most recently, she served as Counsel in the Labor & Employment group at DLA Piper in NYC, where she represented employers in all facets of employment litigation and advice and counsel. She also spent many years as a commercial and employment litigator at smaller boutique litigation firms in both NYC and Los Angeles. Barbara regularly writes and speaks on labor and employment issues, including paid leave laws and policies, harassment and discrimination, restrictive covenants, and other workplace issues.
Kyle Murray
Senior Legal Editor, Practical Law Health and Welfare Plans
Thomson Reuters

Kyle Murray is an ERISA attorney and focuses on all aspects of health and welfare plan compliance. Prior to joining Practical Law, he was an employee benefits associate with Ogletree Deakins, and an ERISA attorney with Thomson Reuters/Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA).

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