DOL Issues New Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notices

With new laws come new posters! On March 25, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published two new posters for federal and non-federal employers regarding paid sick leave due to COVID-19 and paid family medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Here are some common questions you may be asking yourself:

Who is required to display the poster?

Private employers with fewer than 500 employees and certain public sector employers.

Where must the poster be displayed?

The poster should be displayed in obvious places on their premises where notices to employees are typically posted. For example:

  • If most of the workforce teleworks, emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees would satisfy the requirement. Another option the employer could utilize is posting the notice on their internal or external website.
  • If employees report to multiple buildings, the notice should be posted in each building.
  • If employees report to a main building and are then assigned to different worksites, the notice should be posted where employees can see it in the main building.

Do I share the notice with job applicants or recently laid off employees?

No, the FFCRA only applies to current employees. If you hire a job applicant, you must convey this notice to them, either by email, direct mail, or by posting this notice on the premises or on an employee information internal or external website.

Is there a requirement that the poster be in other languages?

No, there is no requirement that the poster be displayed in other languages as of right now. However, the DOL is currently working to translate the notice into multiple languages.

For answers to other questions you may have, please reach out to your L&E attorney or reference the DOL’s Q&A guide.