If an employer's 12-month FMLA period runs July 1 - June 30, is there a possibility that leave under EFMLEA could be requested by the same employee two times, resulting in a total of more than 12 weeks of EFMLEA before the provision expires in December?
State and Local Government Officials
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 »
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 »
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 »
My wife has a suggestion for helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Where there are high concentrations of cases, use crop dusting techniques to drop soapy water solutions in water form or in aerosol form to kill most of the coronavirus that still floats freely in the air or is on outdoor surfaces. It might also work by attaching to the virus that is floating in the air and causing it to fall to the ground,... more »
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 »
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 »
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
Why are local governments including political subdivisions not included in the tax credits for the paid leave?
Intermittent leave should not be available under this provision.
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 »
I recommend requiring the mandatory notice to be posted on web-pages and emailed to all employees. Given that most organizations are teleworking because of COVID-19 it would put people at risk to require the notice be posted on physical bulletin board.
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 »
We need the Department of Labor to expand the definition of "health care provider" . In order for home health, hospice and home care to be able to ensure that they can continue to provide vital services in the home during the pandemic is for the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the definition of "health care provider" to include the following: Any employee of an entity who provides health care services in the place... more »
Emergency Assistance Shelter system, - employees who oversee, coordinate and process applications and place households in family shelter system.
Rental Voucher Program - employees who oversee, manage and fund the rental voucher program for Section 8 and MRVP.