Blog Post
By Jason Tremblay and Robert L. Duston and Alexander Reich

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which went into effect back in March, required covered employers (those with fewer than 500 employees, with some exceptions) to provide emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave for certain employees. After it was passed, we discussed the details of the law here. Always expected to be a temporary measure, the FFCRA was set to expire on December 31, 2020.

Blog Post
By Robert L. Duston and Carolyn A. Pellegrini

On December 11, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID vaccine developed by Pfizer.  On December 18, 2020, the FDA granted similar approval to a vaccine developed by Moderna.  Despite various manufacturing, distribution and logistics issues, over 20 million doses have been administered, and approximately 100 million more doses are expected to be distributed by the end of April, providing significant protection to 60 million people in the U.S.  A third vaccine from Johnson & Johnson may be added in the coming months.  Wider distribution will occur over the following months based upon manufacturing capacity and distribution efforts, but it could be sometime in the fall before everyone who wants the vaccine can receive it.