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Weekend Roundup: FFCRA, Adaptive Leadership, EEOC Updates

In today’s Weekend Roundup, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to clarify rules on sick leave and family leave. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released guidelines that allow employers to screen for COVID-19, and Havard Business Review published five principals for adaptive leadership during the crisis. Click the headlines below to learn more.

DOL Issues Revised FFCRA Leave Rules

The DOL issued revised regulations on the FFCRA’s paid-sick-leave and paid-family-leave provisions, clarifying when leave is available and when employees must seek approval to take leave. The revisions follow a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that invalidated portions of the DOL’s April 1 temporary rule. According to the agency, the revisions, which take effect immediately upon publication in The Federal Register on September 16.

Five Principles to Guide Adaptive Leadership

The Covid-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, with leaders facing unpredictability, imperfect information, multiple unknowns, and the need to identify responses quickly—all while recognizing the multi-dimensional (health-related, economic, social, political, cultural) nature of the crisis. Responding to the crisis requires adaptive leadership, which involves what we refer to as the 4 A’s.

EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Testing

The EEOC released updated guidance on September 8 clarifying that employers can screen workers for COVID-19 without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they follow guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other authorities.

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