The Department of Labor has published FAQs on the application of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  According to the DOL, the Act will apply to  leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  In addition to providing the effective date, the FAQs answer questions about how an employer knows if it is under the 500 -employee threshold and, therefore, subject to the Act and how to calculate hours for part-time employees. The DOL tells small employers who wish to fall under the small business exemption that they will need to document why their business meets the criteria that will be set forth by the Department in forthcoming regulations.  The law in this arena is changing almost as quickly as the infection spreads – stay tuned.  We are expecting the required notice to be published by the Department this week, and it has promised future regulations as early as next week.  Meanwhile, Congress continues to debate additional changes.  Please visit our COVID-19 resource webpage often to stay abreast of the developments or contact your JL attorney directly with any questions.

 

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Patricia Anderson Pryor is a Principal and Litigation Manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is an experienced litigator in both state and federal courts, representing and defending employers in nearly every form of employment litigation, including class actions.

Patricia Anderson Pryor is a Principal and Litigation Manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is an experienced litigator in both state and federal courts, representing and defending employers in nearly every form of employment litigation, including class actions.

Ms. Pryor represents and advises employers in federal and state administrative proceedings, in all forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, and in managing all aspects of the employment relationship. She has represented employers before the EEOC, the DOL, the DOJ, the OFCCP, and the NLRB, in addition to various state agencies.

Ms. Pryor also works with employers to avoid litigation by developing effective policies and practices, including harassment policies, social media policies, FMLA practices, attendance programs, affirmative action programs and wellness plans. She conducts proactive wage and hour audits, harassment investigations and compensation/pay equity reviews.

She is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and to employers and professional groups and provides training to managers and human resource professionals on a wide variety of employment and legal issues, including wage and hour issues, harassment, disability, the Family and Medical Leave Act, pay equity and affirmative action obligations. She has been featured on the radio program “Employment Straight Talk” and has published a number of employment law articles.

While attending law school, Ms. Pryor was a member of the editorial board of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Learn more about Ms. Pryor on the Jackson Lewis website.