July 21, 2020

No Poster? Pay Up!

On July 21st, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced an employer paid $4,352 in back wages to one employee. Why? First, the employer improperly denied paid  leave to an employee who requested time off to care for the employee’s child, whose school closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The DOL also found the employer failed to provide its employees with the required notice. What notice, you ask? Employers with fewer than 500 employees are covered under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA requires covered employers to provide employees with notice of their rights under the Act.

  1. Don’t let this be you! Post that poster!
  2. When your employee asks you for time off from work for any reason that is even remotely tied to COVID-19, check with your Human Resources administrator or employment counsel for guidance.
  3. If you want to brush up on the basics of what the FFCRA does (not) require of covered employers, you can access FiveL Company’s FREE webcast here. 90-minutes, pre-approved by HRCI and SHRM for 1.5 credits.