The U.S. Department of Labor Issues Further Clarification in Q&A Format Regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 25, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued further clarification (in a Q&A style format) about the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act that will expand application of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as offer emergency sick leave to employees impacted by the coronavirus and goes into effect on April 1, 2020.

I summarized this Act in my blog post and is available at

This Q&A provides additional guidance on certain issues. Some of the issues addressed include the start and end date for this Act, how the 500 or less employee requirement will be calculated, and explanation on how wages will be paid and calculated. Additionally, the Q&A briefly comments on the issue of how employers with fewer than 50 employees should start documenting the necessary information for purposes of filing an application for exemption from the Act’s requirements with the Department of Labor.

This Q&A is available at the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at

Regulations from the Department of Labor will be forthcoming in the near future and these regulations will provide further guidance on the Act and the various issues mentioned in the Q&A. Please visit my website at to obtain updates on this law and other information during the pandemic.

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