Federal COVID-19 legislation mandates posting of new DOL “Employee Rights” notice in the workplace

President Trump signed the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) into law on March 18, 2020, which will require certain employers to post new “Employee Rights” disclosures in the workplace.

The Act, which becomes effective on April 2, 2020, establishes employer paid sick leave under a new law, known as the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.  It also temporarily expands the existing federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”). Importantly, both the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and FMLA expansions only apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees and government employers.

As a follow-up to the federal government’s passing of the new Act, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has just issued a new mandated poster setting forth the new requirements for employers and the new rights for employees under the Act.

By April 1, 2020, all employers with fewer than 500 employees must post this poster in a conspicuous place in each of its facilities.  The appropriate location in the workplace would be where all other federal and state mandated posters are displayed.

Click HERE for a full-color print-ready version of the poster, which can posted in the workplace.

If you have any questions regarding employer obligations under the new Act, the posting of the mandatory DOL poster, or the posting of any other government mandated notices, please contact our labor and employment partner, Harve Linder, at hlinder@cm.law.


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