Updated guidelines for workplace safety, unemployment insurance, etc. during COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.

WAGE, HOURS, LEAVE

The Wage and Hour Division of the DOL is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. For more info, click here.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FLEXIBILITY 

NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program here regarding the rules in your state.

The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.

In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.

For more info on the new guidance, click here.

Learn how to file for unemployment insurance benefits on this webpage.

For more Coronavirus resources via the Department of Labor – click here.

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