The Department of Labor issued guidance for employers and employees regarding the new requirements for paid sick leave and paid family medical leave. See below for this important information.
Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave Eligibility
On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed in the Senate and was signed into law. Effective as of April 1, FFCRA requires certain employers (under 500 employees) to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1 through December 31, 2020.
To help you and your employees understand whether they are eligible – and for what – Rocky Mountain MCA created this FFCRA one-pager. The document includes a chart outlining benefits and eligibility under various scenarios, as well as information on tax credits for employer reimbursement.
Paid Leave and Tax Credit for Small Businesses
To offset the costs of paid time off pursuant to the FFCRA, covered employers (under 500 employees) qualify for dollar-for-dollar reimbursement through tax credits for all qualifying wages. Qualifying wages are those paid to an employee who takes leave under the Act for a qualifying reason, up to the appropriate per diem and aggregate payment caps. Applicable tax credits also extend to amounts paid or incurred to maintain health insurance coverage. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s guidance and FAQs.
CDC, OSHA and EEOC
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- When to Quarantine – CDC Quarantine Guidelines
- OSHA Guidance for Returning to Work
- Click HERE for a COVID-19 Employer FAQ that compiles guidance from CDC, OSHA, and EEOC.
- On May 7th, the EEOC released its updated technical assistance document, which includes information about COVID-19 as it related to the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO laws. The guidance was updated as of September 8.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
- Click HERE for CDPHE’s multi-industry construction guidance. (NOTE: As of May 5, the guidance no longer requires mandatory temperature checks of employees)
- Click HERE for additional guidance for “Field Services”
- Click HERE for a COVID-19 Employee Health Screening Form for Onsite Screening.
- Click HERE for CDPHE’s website demonstrating how to conduct a facility health screening.
Webinars with Fisher Phillips
Rocky Mountain MCA and the MEP Alliance, along with AGC of Colorado, is hosting a series of webinars with law firm Fisher Phillips to provide the latest COVID-19 related insights and guidelines for employers.
Fisher Phillips Resources
Job Site Safety Best Practices
Rocky Mountain MCA, in collaboration with our general contractor partners, helped develop broad guidelines, recommendations, and best practices for operating job sites effectively and responsibly in the face COVID-19. These guidelines are designed to protect the health and safety of our employees and ensure the continued viability of our job sites. NOTE: These guidelines are not project-specific and each contractor should create site specific plans that address the unique circumstances of each project.