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State and Federal Departments of Labor Update Notices to Employees

Connecticut DOL Pink Slip Update

In response to the current public health crisis related to COVID-19, Connecticut’s Department of Labor has updated the form provided to employees when they are discharged, laid off, or furloughed to add “leave of absence” under “Reason for Unemployment”.  Employers should use this form effective immediately.  The updated form can be found here.

The Connecticut DOL has also updated its FAQs for employees and employers as recently as March 27 to address unemployment issues specific to COVID-19.

U.S. DOL FFCRA Poster Update

Presumably in response to considerable confusion regarding the original poster explaining employee rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), the Department of Labor quietly updated the required posting.  The new poster, available here, better explains the leave an employee is entitled to receive for child care reasons.

Recent DOL guidance clarifies that although each covered employer must post a notice of the FFCRA requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises, an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website.