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U.S. Department of Labor is Now Enforcing Compliance of the Provisions of the FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) initially gave employers time to comply with and correct mistakes without facing scrutiny related to providing leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which went into effect on April 1, 2020. However, the DOL has officially started its enforcement efforts and has begun to issue penalties for non-compliance. These violations are now subject to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) penalty and enforcement provisions.

Next Steps

The DOL is working to protect employee rights during the pandemic and employers must become familiar with their obligations under the FFCRA, including what documentation is considered sufficient for leave, the amount of leave required and pay amounts for leave.

HR Works Can Help

HR Works clients are encouraged to contact us for assistance with understanding the requirements of the FFCRA and to use our online resources and tools on the HR Works COVID-19 Resources page to avoid FLSA violations.

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