What Employers Need to Know about the Federal ‘Families First Coronavirus Response Act’

Recorded On: 03/26/2020

Please join us for this free webinar: In response to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), President Trump recently signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The legislation incudes emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave and limited employer tax credits for employees on sick and medical leave. It’s a lot to take in.

Michigan Chamber members are invited to a FREE webinar aimed at helping employers navigate the new law on Thursday, March 26 from 10-11:30 a.m.  (EST).  Varnum labor and employment attorneys Maureen Rouse-Ayoub and Ashleigh Draft will explain the provisions of the new Act and outline the responsibilities of employers, including:

  • Which employers are covered
  • Determining employee eligibility 
  • Benefits provided
  • Coordination with existing policies
  • Expanded definitions
  • Effective date and expiration

Wendy Block

Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Block joined the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in May of 2004. As Vice President of Business Advocacy, Wendy is responsible for developing and advancing legislative and regulatory proposals and agendas that represent Chamber members’ interests on a wide range of issues, including health care, legal reform, workforce development and employment law. Wendy also manages the Chamber’s Health and Human Resources Committee, a member-based committee that helps shape the chamber’s position on key issues and public policy proposals.


Maureen Rouse-Ayoub

Varnum - Labor and Employment Group

Maureen Rouse-Ayoub – Maureen represents clients in all areas of labor and employment. She advises clients on labor management relations including union election proceedings, collective bargaining and contract enforcement in arbitration and before the National Labor Relations Board. Maureen defends employment-related claims including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Whistleblowers' and Fair Labor Standards Act violations in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings and arbitration hearings. She counsels clients on drafting, implementation and enforcement of workplace policies. She has significant experience working with companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, automotive, logistics and health care.


Ashleigh Draft

Varnum - Labor and Employment Group

Ashleigh Draft - Ashleigh is an associate attorney with Varnum’s labor and employment group. She also works with higher education clients and provides support on a variety of litigation matters. Ashleigh’s experience includes serving as a legal extern for the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division. She also clerked for Michigan Appeals Court Judge Jane Beckering. Prior to law school, Ashleigh served organizations in the higher education and nonprofit sectors in various development and communications roles. 

One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


What Employers Need to Know about the Federal ‘Families First Coronavirus Response Act’ Live event: 03/26/2020 at 10:00 AM (EDT) You must register to access.