Mar

26

2020

Important Breaking Information On How The Coronavirus Is Affecting The Workplace

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner


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This is a very uncertain time for employers in Texas. One of the key issues employers are facing is how to pay employees who cannot work because they have the coronavirus, have to self-quarantine, have been ordered to shelter in place, or have children at home because school and daycare have been suspended. Guidance on these issues is coming forth daily. 


Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, which provides paid family and medical leave, paid sick time, tax credits for the paid leave mandates, medical plan components, and unemployment insurance provisions. The FFCRA becomes effective April 2. The provisions of the FFCRA are very involved and employers need to look at the laws provisions step by step to see how it applies to them.


The Department of Labor has issued very helpful guidance on its website. See these links to the Department of Labors website, which set out important information for employers and employees on how wages and leave are to be dealt with under the new FFCRA.


This website gives an overview of key points in the act. 
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

This website provides excellent guidance on the details of the act.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
 

Further breakdowns fleshing out information for employers appear at this link. Fact sheet for the employer appears at:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

Fact sheet for the employee appears at:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

Guidance on how Texas unemployment compensation laws interplay with the FFCRA appear at:
https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits (See red highlighted area at top of page.)

This is all new territory for employers, employees, and the government agencies administering these programs. The department of labor still has many regulations and forms to issue, which we employment attorneys are anxiously awaiting.


In the meantime, we are all coping the best we can and hoping these relief measures soften the blow of the coronavirus pandemic. Hang in there; this too shall pass!


If you are an employer and you have questions about how these laws apply to your workplace, please give me a call. 

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