Labor Agency Seeks Compliance Input on COVID-19 Programs

March 23, 2020, 9:13 PM

The Labor Department is seeking input by March 29 on how to implement a COVID-19 relief measure, the department said March 23 in an email.

Employers were encouraged to use an online portal, https://ffcra.ideascale.com, to share perspectives on compliance-assistance materials for use in developing guidance, resources, tools, and outreach approaches. The information would help employers and employees understand responsibilities and rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Pub. L. 116-127), which was signed March 18 by President Donald Trump.

A Twitter chat hosted by @ePolicyWorks also is to be available on March 25 at 2 p.m. using the #EPWChat hashtag, the department said.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for identified reasons related to COVID-19 to Dec. 31, 2020. The department’s Wage and Hour Division is to enforce the law’s paid-leave requirements.

Employees of covered employers may be eligible for up to 80 hours of expanded family and medical leave at the employee’s regular pay rate when the employees cannot work because of being quarantined, or at two-third’s the employee’s regular rate if the employees are unable to work because of a need to provide care related to quarantine or to care for a child whose school or child-care provider are closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

An extra 10 weeks of expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds of employees’ regular pay rate is available for those who cannot work because of the need to care for a child whose school or child-care provider was closed for reasons related to COVID-19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Pulfrey in Washington at cpulfrey@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Trimarchi at mtrimarchi@bloombergtax.com

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