Department of Labor Guidance on COVID-19, the Families First Coronavirus Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act: What Employers Need to Know

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The Department of Labor recently issued guidance on return-to-work issues with respect to how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) all impact the workplace as employees continue to return to work.  This new guidance provides answers that address critical issues under all three laws. 

Additionally, on July 16th of this year, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released revamped, optional-use forms for employers to utilize when administering employees’ requests for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).     

The revisions to the forms do not alter the substance of leave benefits and protections available to covered employees under FMLA.  The revamped forms make it simpler and easier for employees, employers, leave administrators and healthcare providers to understand and use.  Among the updated forms are those used for eligibility, rights and responsibilities and designation notices, in addition to leave certification forms.  They feature options for electronic signatures and contains boxes that can be checked instead of requiring written responses.    These changes will save users time and, ultimately, reduce the likelihood of violations.

In addition to the revamped forms, the WHD also issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking employer and employee feedback on the administration and use of FMLA leave.  This RFI asks employees and employers to provide specific input as to what they would like to see changed in the FMLA regulations to better effectuate the rights and obligations under the Act.  Given this initiative, further changes and revisions to FMLA, and to proposed paid family leave at the Federal level, can be anticipated in the future.



This webinar addresses the Department of Labor’s guidance on return-to-work issues with respect to COVID-19 and the interaction of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   Additionally, the revamped FMLA forms will be introduced and discussed.



·Overview of the 7 revamped FMLA forms

·Information solicited by the Department of Labor’s RFI with respect to FMLA regulations

·Department of Labor’s return-to-work guidance

· Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act & Families First Coronavirus Response Act provisions and interaction

·Paid Leave provisions under FFCRA



·Senior leadership

·Human Resources Professionals

·Leaves of Absence Administrators

·Operations Professionals

·Managers & Supervisors

·Team/Project Leaders


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