State and Local Government Officials

State and Local Government Officials

For state and local governments that have introduced or enacted legislation providing expanded family and medical leave to those affected by COVID-19, how have those government officials communicated the new requirements to employers and employees? What outreach strategies have been successful?
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Employer Good Faith Presumption

Many of my clients are paying employees full pay but only requiring a fraction of the work. I believe that there should be a rebuttable presumption for public agencies that provide more than 80 hours of paid time off to employees due to COVID-19, even if the 80 hours do not fit squarely into the 6 reasons in the statute. The reason I say only public agencies is that they are not being reimbursed anyhow. They should not... more »

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Healthcare

Many employers cancel employer provided healthcare at the end of the month that a lay-off begins. As such, many have been without healthcare since March 31. Many more will lose healthcare at the end of April. While it is possible for these people to continue coverage through COBRA, it is hardly affordable while on UE. My idea is that employers should be continuing coverage throughout any lay-off that was caused by this... more »

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Payroll Administrator

First, thank you and your agency for all of the time and effort you have expended addressing this emergency legislation. The information and guidance provided thus far has been extremely helpful.

Could you please Provide Clarification on the following provision as it relates to state and local government employers. Should governments be paying the Social Security matching contributions on wages they pay for leave under... more »

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Clarification of Certain Definitions and Processes Under the FFCRA

On behalf of the City of Chicago, we are writing in response to the Department of Labor's request for comments regarding the creation of regulations regarding the implementation and definitions relevant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, specifically, Division C - Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and Division E—Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. We thank the Department for the opportunity to participate... more »

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Water and Wastewater Employees are Emergency Responders to COVID-19

On March 18, 2020, the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which requires local governments and other employers to provide employees with expanded sick and family leave for reasons related to COVID-19.
Specifically, the FFCRA provides a covered employee with two weeks of paid sick leave if he or she is sick with, quarantined because of, or caring for a child due to COVID-19,... more »

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Requests for Clarification on Leave for Child Care for Health Care Providers

If an employer offers suitable alternative childcare arrangements, which the employee refuses, does the employer violate the FLSA by denying the employee leave requested in order to care for a son or daughter due to closing of the child's ordinary school or child care provider?

If so, what guidance can DOL offer on the required alternative arrangements that must be offered to avoid violating the FLSA?

Does DOL intend... more »

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Allow Employers of Health Care Providers to Opt Out to Ensure Vital Services Continue

H.R. 6201 SEC 5111 authorizes the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations to exclude certain health care providers and emergency responders from the definition of employee under section 5110(1) including by allowing the employer of such health care providers and emergency responders to opt out of the provisions related to Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.

As providers of vital community-based services for people with... more »

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State and Government Officials

My name is Shyla Patera. I am an Independent Living Specialist with North Central Independent Living Services, Inc.in Black Eagle ,Montana. I also am in Montanan with a disability. I urge DOL to assist states and local communities in
adoptsing ADA transition plans not only during the COVID-19 time but beyond as well. This may not seem like an employment related issue ,but for many of us with disabilities , accessibility... more »

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Emergency Responders

As a politician subdivision and local sewer authority are support personnel be considered emergency respomders for example:

Customer service who answer customer complaints and questions, purchasing and accounting personnel who process payroll and ensure necessary supply inventory, engineering personnel who oversee construction activities

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Grants to support additional equipment

The virus has made many hospitals implement the inability to have visitors enter with patients. Unfortunately, my father is currently undergoing chemo treatments at Waterman Hospital in Florida where they won't even allow him to have a caregiver come sit with him during his treatment and blood transfusions. At the same time, all entrances (except one) have been barricaded with concrete barriers requiring him to walk long... more »

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OWCP should consider steps to protect workers covered under the compensation programs during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Alliance of Nuclear Worker Advocacy Groups urges the Office of Workers Compensation to issue the following emergency policies for workers covered under the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC). These policies can be temporary and will also benefit workers covered under the other compensation programs such as Black Lung.

1 - Allow Telehealth for non-emergency doctors' visits. DEEOIC... more »

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