April 1, 2020 - A new federal law requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave and
expanded family and medical leave to their employees for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
This will likely be the first time “small” employers (those who have less than 50 employees)
will be required to apply the complex rules that arise under the original Family and Medical
Leave Act (“FMLA”). Even employers who are already versed in managing leaves of absence under
the FMLA will need to study up, however, as the new law borrows some concepts from the original
FMLA but also creates several new rules that are unique to this new law. In this article,
Attorney Amy E. Markim breaks down the new law and answers some frequently asked questions.