The nation is being rocked by the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic. The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) seeks to ease the blow associated with employees’ inability to work and many employers’ inability to conduct “business as usual.” You may have already heard about the FFCRA’s job protections and paid leave features for employees and related credits for employers.
Less publicized but equally as important is the notice requirement. The law requires that no later than April 1, 2020 covered employers publish/post the requisite notice poster to employees. Covered employers include businesses and some government entities with less than 500 employees.
Employers are required to post the notice “in a conspicuous place on its premises.” That being said, given the remote work status of many workplaces, the Department of Labor (DOL) is allowing the notice to be emailed or directly mailed to employees – or posted on the covered employer’s external website.
A failure to post the notice as required may result in fines under the FFCRA. Be sure to save a copy of the email and/or screenshot of your transmission of the poster to employees for your records. Further, be certain to relay the poster to any new hires.
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