Department of Labor Issues Temporary Rules for the New Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Provisions in H.R. 6201

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division posted temporary rules regarding both the new Paid Sick Leave and the expanded and new paid FMLA provisions in H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Act. The rules offer guidance on a range of questions including clarifications regarding covered children for whose care paid leave is granted, definitions of telework, the calculation of pay, the exclusion of health care providers and first responders from coverage, and the criteria by which small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) can be exempt from the paid leave provisions.