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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Two Field Assistance Bulletins (FABs) to Address Child Labor and FFCRA Eligibility Due Summer Childcare Concerns

With school and summer activity schedules greatly altered as the country continues to reopen while dealing with coronavirus, the DOL issued two FABs on June 26 to clarify issues relevant to the pandemic’s effects on employees and the workplace.

The new FABs address:

  • FAB 2020-3: When a physically closed school is considered “in session” relative to the application of federal child labor requirements; and
  • FAB 2020-4: Eligibility for paid sick or expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) based on the closure of summer camps, summer enrichment programs, or other summer programs.

Next Steps

Employers should review these bulletins to ensure that they are complying with applicable child labor laws under federal and state law and are providing Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and/or FFCRA Expanded FMLA to employees who are experiencing issues with obtaining childcare during the summer.

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