On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The law, which goes into effect on April 2, 2020, expands FMLA and sick leave laws.

For small and family-owned businesses, increased leave provisions for employees may create additional strain, particularly during a time when many businesses are closed due to "stay at home" laws, running on shortened hours, or facing a smaller available workforce. Recognizing the unique issues these businesses face, the FFCRA does create several exemptions for small businesses.

For additional details on these exemptions, please read this article on DWT's COVID-19 Resources page. We continue to track these important and rapidly changing issues and encourage you to reach out with specific questions or concerns.

The facts, laws, and regulations regarding COVID-19 are developing rapidly. Since the date of publication, there may be new or additional information not referenced in this advisory. Please consult with your legal counsel for guidance.

DWT will continue to provide up-to-date insights and virtual events regarding COVID-19 concerns. Our most recent insights, as well as information about recorded and upcoming virtual events, are available at www.dwt.com/COVID-19.