COVID-19 & the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By April 6, 2020May 1st, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act went into effect on April 1, 2020.  Employers can review the act at the following webpage: With this act, some employers will need to provide their associates with paid sick leave and expanded medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons.

The new federal requirements apply to covered employers, including employers with less than 500 employees and almost all public employers.  The act reimburses these employers for expenses incurred through a payroll tax credit so that they can provide paid leave. Employers with fewer than 50 employees may seek an exemption and must seek the exemption at the federal level. Associates of covered public and private employers may be eligible for up to 2 weeks of emergency paid sick leave (80 hours) at full pay and, in some cases, up to an additional 10 weeks of emergency paid family medical leave at partial pay.

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will be enacting and enforcing the act. Employers may the department’s website at for more information, including posters that employers will be required to display at worksite and webinars. Employers may also call the department at the toll-free help line at 866-4US-WAGE with any questions.

Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any these updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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