Two States Announce New Paid Sick Leave Laws

On April 1st, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect nationwide. Under that law, businesses with less than 500 employers provide workers with up to two weeks of paid sick leave. Employers also need to provide additional emergency family and medical leave. This leave, however, must be related to the COVID-19 […]

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Employer to Pay Back Wages for Violation of COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is reminding employers that they are still enforcing the current wage and hour laws and regulations. These laws include newly enacted legislation, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). One such example involves the operator of a McDonald’s […]

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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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Enforcement of COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law Begins April 17th, 2020

Employers struggling to comply with new COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave provisions should note that official government enforcement actions will not begin until April 17th. According to a Field Assistance Bulletin issued on March 25th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will not bring enforcement actions against any public or private employer for violations of […]

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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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Maryland Joins List of States Mandating Paid Sick Leave

Overriding Republican Gov. Pat Hogan’s veto, the Maryland legislature passed a paid-sick-leave law that took effect this past Sunday, but which critics say is so lacking in details that many businessowners are scrambling to figure out their new responsibilities. At its simplest level, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act mandates that businesses with 15 or […]

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