Employers must now put up – so to speak – a notice as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to let employees know about the paid sick leave and paid family leave provisions of the new law, which passed on March 18th.

Employers are supposed to “post and keep posted” a notice – the one developed by the Department of Labor (“DoL”) is here: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf – in “conspicuous places on the premises of the employer where notices to employees are customarily posted.”

Since that is not very practical for employers whose employees are working remotely or who have been furloughed, the DoL’s new temporary rule on the FFCRA says that an employer “may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to Employees, or posting this notice on an Employee information internal or external website.”

Before putting the notice up or sending it out, employers may want to actually READ the notice, since it provides a handy summary of the sick leave and family leave provisions of the FFCRA, which I will go into in more detail soon.