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A Labyrinth of Leave: The Interaction of the FFCRA, Federal FMLA, and State Leave Laws during the COVID-19 Pandemic - On-Demand

A Labyrinth of Leave: The Interaction of the FFCRA, Federal FMLA, and State Leave Laws during the COVID-19 Pandemic - On-Demand

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A Labyrinth of Leave: The Interaction of the FFCRA, Federal FMLA, and State Leave Laws during the COVID-19 Pandemic - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: You’ll learn how to respond when employees say they cannot come to work because: (a) they have symptoms of COVID-19, (b) a family member has symptoms of COVID-19, (c) they are self-quarantining, or (d) their child’s school or daycare is closed because of COVID-19.


In the midst of unprecedented uncertainty for employers and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and many states passed (and continue to pass) laws allocating increased protections to employees. Namely, the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and amendments to state earned sick leave laws and family leave laws. Additionally, issues about the federal FMLA and its applicability/relationship to other laws such as the FFCRA during the crisis has triggered questions and concerns amongst employers. This has created a minefield of potential pitfalls for employers across the country.

The multiple federal and state leave laws have created mass confusion with employers about what law applies at what time and how previous laws interact with new laws. Though all employers must be sure to comply with the various COVID-19-related leave laws, state employers with paid sick and family leave laws should be aware that additional, more generous remedies may be available to their employees. This webinar would help employers address such potential leave confusion.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Determine how the federal laws (such as the federal FMLA) and various state leave laws interact with far-reaching COVID-19 laws such as the FFCRA.
  • Creatively approach ongoing needs for leave to help the greatest number of employees while navigating the complex network of new and existing laws.
  • Learn how to treat COVID-19-related employment decisions in accordance with applicable laws, and approach coronavirus symptoms or diagnoses like any other disability and always engage in the interactive process.
  • Develop an effective method to follow and analyze all applicable leave laws, paying particular attention to the messy intersection of federal and state laws when the right answer isn’t always clear.

About Your Presenter

Caroline Gentry Caroline Gentry

Caroline Gentry is a litigation partner in the Dayton, Ohio office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.  Ms. Gentry is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law clerk for a U.S. District Court judge.  She focuses her practice on commercial litigation, employment litigation, class actions and ERISA litigation.  She also serves as co-editor of the Ohio Employment Law Letter.