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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.

Federal court invalidates some FFCRA regulations

On Aug. 3, a federal judge in New York’s Southern District invalidated some of the hastily drawn regulations implementing paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

DOL issues new answers on pandemic leave, FLSA and FMLA

The Department of Labor has been busy updating employer advice on the interplay between the coronavirus pandemic and the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the FMLA.

As pandemic spreads, so do lawsuits: 3 cases to watch

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chances that your organization will be hit with a lawsuit have risen sharply. There are already hundreds of covid-19 and coronavirus-related lawsuits percolating through state and federal courts.

New W-2 reporting requirement: Employees’ pandemic leave

Here’s something we didn’t see coming. You must report the total amount of employees’ pandemic-related family/sick leave wages on their 2020 W-2s in Box 14 or on a separate statement.

Snapshot: Why employees say they take FFCRA paid leave

19% of employees polled say they have taken or plan to take paid leave available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Covid-19: Encourage taking FFCRA paid leave

As you prepare to welcome employees back to work, remember that some of them, or their family members, may still be sickened by covid-19. In many cases, they are entitled to paid sick leave, and it won’t cost you a penny to provide it.

Off-duty worker ignores social distancing: How to respond

If you discover that employees have flaunted local COVID-19 guidelines outside of work, can you place them on an unpaid leave of absence to quarantine before they return to work?