Podcast: Back to School Leave Issues Bedeviling Employers
A new school year has started, and it is presenting unprecedented challenges for working parents and employers. Many schools are physically open on a reduced schedule or 100% remote. The US Department of Labor recently tried to clear up confusion regarding an employee's eligibility for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when a child's school is on a hybrid or remote schedule.
On this podcast, Littler employment shareholder Jeff Nowak joins XpertHR Legal Editor David Weisenfeld to discuss a host of back to school leave issues. Nowak is sympathetic to the plight many parents are facing, but said they cannot take leave under the FFCRA for the hours or days that their child's school is open. However, he advises employers to look for creative solutions when possible in noting that will help them to be an "employer of choice" when the coronavirus pandemic is over.