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Three agencies have provided updated guidance for employers on essential COVID-19 issues:

  • The Department of Labor (DOL) addressed how new leave laws apply to these situations:
    • Domestic workers;
    • Those working through temporary agencies;
    • Employees who previously were working from home without the need for leave, but now need leave to care for children;
    • Handling employees absent for symptoms of COVID-19; and
    • Leave to care for children as schools close for the summer rather than due to COVID-19.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) clarified how to handle the return of ...
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The Department of Labor (DOL) shared more insights into the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These latest additions to the DOL’s guidance include a few surprises, which we’ve highlighted here.

One of the biggest surprises was that the DOL provided two different definitions of the exact same words in the Act—Health Care Providers:

  • For purposes of determining who can advise an employee to self-quarantine, a “health care provider” is limited to a licensed doctor of medicine, nurse practitioner, or other health care provider permitted to issue a ...
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On March 17, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 118 expanding the availability of unemployment insurance benefits to workers who have been affected by COVID-19 (commonly referred to as the coronavirus). The changes announced by Governor Cooper are consistent with U.S. Department of Labor guidance issued last week recommending that states utilize unemployment insurance benefits to lessen the financial burden caused by the coronavirus. Additionally, legislation currently pending before the U.S. Senate contains provisions that ... Read More 


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