The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has responded to a federal judge’s ruling against regulations related to a COVID-19 relief act with revisions that in some ways reaffirm the DOL’s original position.
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In issuing the revised regulations implementing paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the DOL said it was clarifying workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities. The FFCRA covers private employers with fewer than 500 employees and provides limited paid sick and family and medical leave for coronavirus-related absences.
The revisions to the DOL’s original regulations are necessary because