The United States Department of Labor has announced it will suspend active enforcement of the paid sick leave and paid FMLA provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act for a month as long employers act reasonably and in good faith to comply with the law. Starting with the day the act takes effect—April 2, 2020—and continuing for 30 days thereafter, the Department will not pursue actions against an employer who violates the law, as long as 1) the employer remedies the violation and the employee is made whole as soon as practicable by the employer; 2) the violation was not willful, and; 3) the employer issues a written commitment to the Department of Labor to comply with the Act in the future.

We know the new law has raised many concerns among employers, and we hope this announcement brings some relief to those employers who are uncertain of their rights and responsibilities under the Act. As always, we are here to guide you through these uncharted waters.

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