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DOL Is Requiring Employers to Post Families First Employee Rights Notice

MARCH 30, 2020

As Michelman & Robinson previously reported, certain employers must provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic—this according to the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Now, the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring that employers covered by the Families First Act post information about its benefits in poster form. M&R fleshes out the DOL mandate.

Q. Where can employers find the poster and when must it be posted by?

A. The free poster issue by the DOL must post by April 1, 2020. It is pictured below and can be found at here.

Q. If most offices and workplaces are closed, where—and how—are employers covered by the Families First Act supposed to post the notice?

A. The DOL mandate is clear: all employers subject to the Families First Act must post the notice in their workplaces, or if closed, then by “emailing or direct mailing” the poster to employees, or by “posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website.”

To the extent your office(s) or workplace(s) remains open, we suggest you follow current posting practice by putting copies of the poster in breakrooms, lunchrooms, and the like.

Q. Must the poster be translated into other languages?

A. No. The DOL is now working on issuing the poster in languages other than English.

Q. Will the poster be updated?

A. That remains to be seen, but we will endeavor to keep our clients current, or they can check for updates themselves on the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division web page.

We are working diligently to keep our clients up to date on coronavirus-related developments. Nevertheless, these developments are changing daily and, in some cases even hourly, so it is important that you make sure you are dealing with the most current information. That being said, this alert is not offered, and should not be relied on, as legal advice. You should consult an attorney for guidance and counsel regarding any specific concern or situation.