Yesterday the IDA signed off on a letter submitted by the ADA to the Department of Labor regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Specifically, IDA voiced concerns that “t
he leave requirements currently being negotiated may create an extreme hardship for these small businesses that do not have additional staff to cover for necessary employees who are out and that are already facing economic turmoil as a result of COVID-19.
Under both the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave sections of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Secretary of Labor has the regulatory authority to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees 'when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.'
The ADA urges the Secretary to immediately act to issue these exemptions, and, recognizing that these requirements would jeopardize the viability of dental offices, issue them for all dental practices with fewer than 50 employees."