Avoid FFCRA Fines, Comply with New Employment Leave Laws

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Avoid FFCRA Fines, Comply with New Employment Leave Laws

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COVID Employment Leave Changes

The Department of Labor (DOL) has revised several Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFRCA) rules that mean once again you must update your employment leave policies related to coronavirus. If you accidently violate one of the regulations, you’ll most likely have to pay back wages plus hefty fines.

Be sure to quickly make these new COVID employment leave changes to your paid time off leave requests, approvals, and payments to protect your practice from an FFCRA violation.

Narrow Your Healthcare Provider Exception

The definition under FFCRA of who is except from paying paid time leave has been reeled back.  DOL’s interpretation of ‘health care providers’ is too broad. All practice staff were previously interpreted as exempt because they were employed by an entity providing health care. The new rule applies the exception at an individual level. You’ll have to look at each employee’s role to determine if they are covered under FFCRA.

Loosen Your Documentation and Periodic Leave Requirements

Under the new rules, you must make more allowances for your staff to take PTO related to COVID-19.

  • Allow Flex-Time-Off: You must be flexible in how your employees take their leave time. Do not require your staff to use all their FFCRA allowed leave at one time.
  • Reduce Notice Period: Your employee does not need your approval to take intermittent leave for childcare-related leave due to the coronavirus. Forego requiring your staff to submit extensive documentation to you that supports the leave request.

These revised regulations are confusing and require your immediate attention. But you don’t have to go it alone. That’s where healthcare and employment attorney, Kelly Holden, Esq, can help. By attending her online training, “New Sept. COVID-19 Employment Rules: Head Off Violation Penalties,” you’ll walk away with the exact actions you need to take comply with the newly revised COVID-19 employment rules. The expert advice you’ll receive from this online training will help your practice avoid costly FFCRA violation fines.


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Jen Godreau
CPC, CPMA, CPEDC, COPC, AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Approved Trainer

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Jen Godreau, CPC, CPMA, CPEDC, COPC, AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Approved Trainer is an expert in practice management, billing and coding, and revenue cycle management, and brings almost 20 years of experience to the content team at Training Leader. Prior to joining Training Leader, Jen led implementations of EMRs and revenue cycle management services including credentialing. She has led teams who have created numerous software programs and tools for compliance, coding, and auditing. Her passion for all things compliance and coding has filled thousands of articles and allowed her to provide practice management consulting and due diligence for hundreds of practices.

Jen's advocacy led to the overturning of neonatology supervision restrictions, creation of new CPT ENT codes, and winning of Medicare monitoring auditing contracts. She wrote the diagnosis study guide for AAPC's Certified Otolaryngology Coder (CENTC) exam and edited the AAPC Professional Medical Coding Curriculum.

Jen has a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She became a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) in 2001, added her designation as a Certified Pediatric Coder (CPEDC) in 2009, became a Certified Medical Coding Auditor (CPMA) in 2010, and a Certified Ophthalmology Professional Coder (COPC) in 2017. She is an AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS approved trainer.

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