The employment benefits landscape has changed significantly in 2020, not only in the form of actual coronavirus cases but in large numbers of people working from home. How does this new scenario affect federal employment laws?
The Department of Labor has released additional guidance in the form of questions and answers appended to sets of Q&As released earlier this year. These questions address workplace situations involving COVID-19 as they affect the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The FSLA questions and answers cover topics including:
- Do employers have to pay employees their same hourly rate or salary if they work at home?
- If I allow my remote employees to work an interrupted workday in order to tend to family obligations, do I have to pay them for the time in between?
- Is hazard pay required for employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic?
See the answers, and many more questions and answers, here.
Pandemic-related issues regarding FMLA include:
- Which employees are eligible to take FMLA leave?
- Can an employee stay home under FMLA to avoid getting COVID-19?
- May an employer require an employee who is out sick with COVID-19 to provide a doctor’s note, submit to a medical exam, or remain symptom-free for a specified amount of time before returning to work?
The full set of FMLA-related questions and answers can be found here.
Finally, questions and answers regarding the FFCRA include these:
- What is my regular rate of pay for purposes of the FFCRA?
- What is a “place of care?”
- Who is a covered employer that must provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA?
Click here for the full list of FFCRA questions and answers.
While not comprehensive, these Q&A lists provide solid, plain-English advice to help employers understand and remain in compliance with the provisions of the FMLA, FLSA and FFCRA.
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