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?
(@williamrpokorny)

State and Local Government Officials

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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(@aaspatore)

State and Local Government Officials

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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(@aaron.rogoff)

State and Local Government Officials

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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(@capitalray)

State and Local Government Officials

possible containment help

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 »

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(@lrice)

State and Local Government Officials

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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(@shycpat3148)

State and Local Government Officials

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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(@lhornyak)

State and Local Government Officials

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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(@wendit13)

State and Local Government Officials

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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(@kstrop)

State and Local Government Officials

Expand the Definition of "Health Care Provider"

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 »

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