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DOL campaign builds awareness of worker rights in coronavirus era

The campaign includes a series of public service announcements in English and Spanish with information about the new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other worker protections.

Anticipate resentment of covid parental leave

Employees who do not have children may grumble about the flexibility granted to co-workers who do. Conversely, working parents may worry that their performance is being harshly judged against that of co-workers without childcare responsibilities.

Covid forces changes to employer sick leave policies

Nearly half of employers—49%—are altering how they handle sick leave in response to coronavirus-related absences, according to the Mercer consulting firm.

DOL revises regulations covering FFCRA paid sick, FMLA leave

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division on Sept. 11 issued revised regulations affecting the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Presidential campaign: Where Trump, Biden differ on HR issues

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden disagree on most issues affecting America’s workplaces. Here is a breakdown of where they stand.

Stay flexible to protect vulnerable workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges employers to take steps to protect workers who might be vulnerable to covid-19 infections. When possible, vulnerable workers should be allowed to telecommute.

Plan to offer time off to vote on Nov. 3

Start planning now to grant time off so your employees can vote on Nov. 3. Currently, 36 states require this leave.

DOL adds pandemic-related back-to-school FAQs

The DOL has now supplemented its voluminous FAQ webpage with some back-to-school questions.

DOL uses carrot—not stick—to enforce FFCRA

In a nod to the difficulty of launching field investigations in a coronavirus environment, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has decided to address unpaid leave allegations by placing phone calls and sending emails to possible violators of the FFCRA.

DOL orders back pay for denied covid leave

File this under “That was quick!” The U.S. Department of Labor just wrested $41,214 in back wages for 17 California employees who complained they had been denied paid sick leave they were entitled to for coronavirus-related reasons.