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DOL Launches Employee Tool for Determining FFCRA Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The tool poses questions to help employees assess whether their employers are subject to the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA. Then, for employees whose employers are covered by the law, the tool helps determine whether the workers qualify for FFCRA paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave.
The DOL is also developing a similar tool for employers.

Next Steps

The introduction of this tool is likely to solicit more requests for leave. As such, employers must become familiar with their obligations under the FFCRA, including what documentation is considered sufficient for leave, the amount of leave required and pay amounts for leave as the DOL is working to protect employee rights during the pandemic.

HR Works Can Help

HR Works’ Leave Administration Service helps employers with the administrative burden of managing leave. If you are not currently an HR Works Leave Administration client and need our compliance expertise and support, please contact and we will connect you with a HR Works Business Development team member who can provide additional information about our services.

HR Works clients are encouraged to contact us for assistance with understanding the requirements of the FFCRA and to use our online resources and tools on the HR Works COVID-19 Resources page to avoid FLSA violations.

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