US Department of Labor announces new paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave
The US Department of Labor announced Wednesday new measures for American workers and employers struggling during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Officials said workers and employers can benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
According to DOL officials, the FFCRA helps the United States "combat workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19."
The law also enables employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, ensuring that "workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus," officials added.
"The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective today, April 1, 2020," DOL officials said.
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