Apr 01, 2020
If You Haven’t Already …
Today (April 1) is the deadline by which employers with fewer than 500 employees must post notice regarding paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). If you are such an employer and you haven’t done so, you can download and print the notice here (for private employers) or here (for public sector employers).
The Department of Labor also provided answers to FAQS:
- All employers with fewer than 500 employees must post this notice, so you are required to post it even if you are a small business.
- The notice must be posted “in a conspicuous place.” This is satisfied by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting it on your internal or external website.
- Other languages: You are not required to post this notice in multiple languages, but the Department of Labor is working to translate it into other languages.
- The notice only has to be provided to current employees; you do not have to send it to recently laid-off employees. Nor do you have to share it with job applicants.
- You must, however, ensure that new hires receive it by one of the methods in the first bullet point, above.
- You are required to post this notice even if the state in which you operate provides greater protections to employees because you are required to comply with both federal and state law.
- There may be updates to this notice in the future. Check the Department of Labor’s website to ensure that you remain current with all notice requirements.
- If your employees report to a central location but then work at different worksite locations, you might need to post the notice in more than one place. The notice needs to be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees can see it. If all employees are able to see it at the main office, it is not necessary to display the notice at your different worksite locations.
- The notice is free. If you can’t download it from the link provided above, call the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division at 1-866-4-USWAGE (1-866-487-9243) and they will send you one.
- You are not permitted to put the notice in a binder. It must be displayed in a conspicuous place where they are easily visible to all employees—the intended audience.
- You do not need to post the notice on every floor of your office if all of your employees will see it in a central location on one floor, such as the lunchroom. If some of your employees might not see the notice in the central location, then consider posting it in several locations where it can be seen by employees on every floor of your office.
- If your business operates out of more than one building, you must post the notice in every building.
More information can be found on the Department of Labor’s website: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.