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The DOL has instituted revisions to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These revisions take effect September 16, 2020.

The revisions clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions.

Specifically, he revisions:

Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that employees may take FFCRA leave only if work would otherwise be available to them.

Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that an employee have employer approval to take FFCRA leave intermittently.

Revise the definition of “healthcare provider” to include only employees who meet the definition of that term under the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations or who are employed to provide diagnostic services, preventative services, treatment services or other services that are integrated with and necessary to the provision of patient care which, if not provided, would adversely impact patient care.

Clarify that employees must provide required documentation supporting their need for FFCRA leave to their employers as soon as practicable.

Correct an inconsistency regarding when employees may be required to provide notice of a need to take expanded family and medical leave to their employers.

The changes can be found in detail at:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/16/2020-20351/paid-leave-under-the-families-first-coronavirus-response-act

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