Leave Administration / FMLA

The Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms for requesting FMLA leave and notifying employees of their rights:

Congress passed a myriad of tax credits, deferments, loans, and forgivable loan payments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers struggling to navigate the different options should work closely with their lender, accountant, and legal counsel.

Qualified Sick and Family Leave Tax Credits

Wages paid for COVID-19 family and sick leave under the Families First

The Department of Labor answered more questions expanding its Q&As on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), here.

What documents may be required for leave for closure of a school or place of care?

Website notice, letter from the childcare provider, government notice closing the school, or newspaper article

What if the employee

UPDATED 4/3/20: Regulations were issued and, as of April 3, banks are accepting applications for loans. Funds will be issued through June 30 or until the money appropriated is exhausted.

Phase 3 of the coronavirus relief is expected to be passed and signed into law on Friday, March 27. It is titled the Coronavirus Aid,

New DOL poster released for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

There is a required poster for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), now available here. This poster must be provided to all current employees (not those already laid off), either by posting in each workplace (where other posters are located) or direct

The Ohio Department of Insurance issued a bulletin on March 20, 2020, Bulletin 2020-03. During the COVID-19 crisis and state of emergency, insurers must permit employers to continue covering employees who would otherwise become ineligible due to not being actively at work or due to a decrease in hours.

In addition, insurers must give

UPDATED 3/30/20: The Department of Labor released some guidance on the upcoming paid leave for COVID-19 absences. There is a fact sheet for employees, fact sheet for employers, and Q&As.

How do employers calculate the 500-employee threshold?

The 500 employee count is done on the date an employee tries to use the

As of midnight on Tuesday, March 24, all non-essential businesses are ordered closed, and citizens in Ohio are instructed to stay at home until at least April 6, 2020. There are exceptions to this Order, and the exceptions seem to swallow the rule.

Employers in essential businesses are supposed to maintain “minimum basic operations”

Paid Leave Bill Passed by House and Senate

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) just passed Congress with bipartisan support and was signed by President Trump on March 18th. Some changes were made from the original version I reported on in my blog on Monday morning, which is available here.

Temporary FMLA