The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance on the criteria small businesses can use to determine if they will be exempt from the mandates of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.
The act states that a small business with fewer than 50 employees is exempt from certain paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements of the act if providing an employee such leave would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.
The department has clarified in its guidance that a small business is exempt from mandated paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave requirements only if the business employs fewer than 50 people, the leave is requested because the child’s school or place of care is closed or child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19-related reasons, and an authorized officer of the business has determined that at least one of the three following conditions is satisfied:
The small business exemption applies to private employers and religious or nonprofit organizations.
To elect this small business exemption, a company should document why its business meets the required criteria. Companies should not send any materials to the federal Department of Labor when seeking a small business exemption for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave.
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