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April 01, 2020

FFCRA Goes into Effect TODAY! Helpful Resources to Help You Navigate the Paid Federal Leave Law

As you know, beginning today, April 01, 2020, the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) will go into effect.  The FFCRA requires employers to provide eligible employees with paid sick leave if they qualify under the law.  An employer will get fully reimbursed for those paid leave expenses through a dollar-for-dollar tax offset against payroll taxes and where additional funds are owed, the IRS will send a refund as quickly as possible.  In order to assist dealers with in implementing this new law, here are some useful resources that Dealers need to have:

  • FFCRA Notice Poster. You can find the Poster HERE.  This poster should be displayed in conspicuous places on the dealership premises, emailed or mailed directly to the dealership employees, or posted on an employee information internal or external website.  For more guidance on the notice requirements and this poster, consult the DOL FAQs HERE
  • Fisher Phillips FFCRA Leave Request Template. Because documenting the leave is going to be crucial for reimbursement purposes, it is strongly encouraged to have a form that your employee’s complete and submit with supporting information.  Fisher Phillips has prepared a template form for your dealership’s use.  You can find that HERE.  Please note this is a template and should be customized to meet your needs. 
  • Department of Labor Q&A. The Department of Labor (“DOL”) is presenting its interpretations and guidance for complying with the FFCRA through a Question & Answer format.  Those can be found HERE.  You should review and consult with the Q&A’s on your common questions. 
  • NADA Frequently Asked Questions. NADA has been working with the DOL to prepare additional guidance specific to dealers through some Frequently Asked Questions.  You can find that FAQ HERE. These were last updated on March 30, 2020. 
  • Fisher Phillips FFCRA Summary. Fisher Phillips has released a summary that provides assistance in understanding the federal law.  You can find that summary HERE.  Additionally, Melanie Webber conducted a webinar explaining the federal law, a recording of that webinar can be found HERE and the PowerPoint presentation can be found HERE.  In general, Fisher Phillips is also managing and updating a set of FAQs regarding COVID-19.  You can find that FAQ HERE

OADA will continue to provide additional guidance and resources as it becomes available.  Please note that this is a continuously evolving situation and you should continue to consult with your labor and employment counsel on the best course of action going forward.