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U.S. Labor Department: Guidance about paid sick leave, expanded FMLA (COVID-19)

U.S. Labor Department: Guidance about paid sick leave

The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division today announced the first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

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As explained by a Labor Department release (March 24, 2020), provisions in the new law will give funds to U.S. businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members.

The guidance also includes:

The Labor Department release states that these documents answer or address certain questions, such as how an employer must count the number of employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

Additional guidance is expected to be issued “later this week.”

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