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DOL Issues Additional Guidance for COVID-19 and Workplace Laws


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The Department of Labor (DOL) has released additional guidance regarding how to apply federal employment laws in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new questions and answers were added to the sets of Q&As issued earlier this year.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Questions and Answers

  • New guidance adds questions about if a telemedicine appointment can establish a serious medical condition and if FMLA prohibits employers from requiring a COVID-19 test if an employee returns from FMLA leave
  • Employers should note that under the FMLA Q&A, although there is no paid employee leave requirement under federal law, the FFCRA does require paid laid leave for specified COVID-19 related reasons


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Questions and Answers

  • New guidance on COVID-19 and addresses topics including maintaining exempt and non-exempt employee status, hazard pay, and teleworking and compensable time


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Questions and Answers

  • New questions include the availability of FFCRA leave after a furlough, and requiring employees returning from FFCRA leave to be tested for COVID-19


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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Mark Treba

Mark Treba sees his position at National Insurance Services as a way to help serve clients and make a positive impact in their communities. “I am always striving to better understand the needs of my clients,” he states, “in order to have their best interest in mind.” Mark also enjoys the challenge of resolving the ‘unsolvable problem’. “People often say that I am a great teacher and have the ability to convey difficult concepts in a way that is easy to understand.” Mark is a licensed health and life insurance agent working with school districts, cities, and counties. He has over 10 years of customer service experience and has a Group Benefits Disability Specialist designation (GBDS).