Key to remember: If passed, the HEROES Act would mean more employers would be covered by the FFCRA, more reasons would qualify, and the leave would not count as FMLA leave.
Applies to: Employers of any size.
Impact to customers: More customers would be required to provide employee leave.
Possible impact to JJK products/services: More changes to the FMLA Manager and the Essentials of FMLA manual.
The rollercoaster ride of employee leave may not be over. On May 12, 2020, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act was introduced in Congress, and among its many provisions are changes to the employee leave provisions of the Families Firs Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA currently provides for 80 hours of paid sick leave to all employees for certain reasons, and an additional 10 weeks of expanded family and medical leave for childcare issues to employees who have worked for a company for at least 30 days.
Highlights of the leave provisions in the HEROES Act include the following:
These are just some of the highlights. Note that this bill has just been introduced and must proceed through the legislation process where it will likely be changed in some respects, and may not make it through to being signed into law. Stay tuned!
This article was written by Darlene M. Clabault, SHRM-CP, PHR, CLMS, of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The content of these news items, in whole or in part, MAY NOT be copied into any other uses without consulting the originator of the content.