Employers: New Dept. of Labor posters per new law

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division published new workplace posters on March 25. Small and midsize employers (fewer than 500 employees) and certain public sector employers can use these posters to fulfill their obligations to notify employees of their rights to expanded paid sick leave and expanded paid Family and Medical Leave Act leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

These posters must be displayed in a conspicuous place on premises, although this requirement may also be satisfied by emailing, direct mailing or posting on external websites for remote workers. This posting should be communicated by April 1, 2020, as clarified as the effective date of the FFCRA by the DOL.

The posters do a good job of explaining the new benefits and who is eligible for them. Click the images above to see and download the new posters.

The DOL also issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding FFCRA employee notices. The FAQs address the fact that many employees are working from home if they are able to, while others may be at home under quarantine or furlough.

The FFCRA also provides for payroll tax credits to employers to help cover the cost of providing this new paid leave. There may be exceptions available for some small businesses and companies that employ healthcare workers. DOL guidance on how to do so is still pending.