Court Vacates Parts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On August 3rd, 2020, the federal court for the Southern District of New York (Court) struck down four parts of the regulations adopted by the Department of Labor (DOL) pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This ruling (State of New York v. U.S. Department of Labor, No. 1:20-cv-03020) comes four months after […]

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New Employer Guidance Released on COVID-19 Testing, Leave, and Salary

On July 20th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published additional COVID-19 guidance for employers on how the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect workplaces as they reopen during the global coronavirus pandemic. The newly updated […]

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Department of Labor Seeks Input on Family and Medical Leave

On July 16th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that it was starting to take significant steps to streamline optional-use forms that workers can use to request, and employers can use to coordinate, leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Additionally, on July 17th, the WHD published […]

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Final Rule Clarifies FFCRA Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Leave Obligations

On Monday, April 6th, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule in the Federal Register interpreting the emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency family & medical leave (EFML) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). This latest rule offers more clarification into different parts of the […]

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COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave is Now Law

On March 18th, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” or “Act,” which is legislation aimed to offer temporary emergency paid sick leave relief to employees affected by the COVID-19 virus. Qualifying Conditions Employees who work for the government or for a company with fewer than 500 employees, regardless […]

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DOL Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are seeking public comments through Oct. 4 on proposed changes to the forms used for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. According to the DOL, the goal in revising the forms is to increase compliance with the FMLA, improve customer service, and […]

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Opinion Letter Clarifies Start of FMLA Leave

According to an opinion letter issued March 14 by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL), the clock starts ticking on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave the moment the employee qualifies for the leave. This opinion, signed by acting WHD Administrator Keith Sonderling, runs counter to a ruling […]

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Will FMLA Morph into the FAMILY Act?

As the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) celebrates its 26th anniversary today (Feb. 5, 2019), movement is afoot in Congress to supplant the non-paid leave of the FMLA with paid leave under proposed legislation titled the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. The proposed bill will be introduced in both houses in the near […]

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FMLA Forms Now Good Through 2021

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the reissuing of all Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms with a new expiration date of Aug. 31, 2021. The previous forms had expired on May 31 due to the Paperwork Reduction Act, which requires all government forms to be reviewed, re-approved and reissued (or […]

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DOL Releases New Opinion Letters Regarding FLSA, FMLA

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced it has issued six new opinion letters, which it says “demonstrates the agency’s continued commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the information they need to comply with federal labor laws.” […]

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